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Meet the Patient Advisory Group (PAG)

The Role of the Patient Advisory Group (PAG) 

The Patient Advisory Group (PAG) exists to assist the College of Radiographers in its public interest obligations by ensuring that there is an authentic and relevant perspective provided from the patient standpoint. This is applied to all aspects of the activities of the College.

In turn, the group enables the patient voice to inform the work of the Society of Radiographers, as parent organisation and professional body for radiography in the UK. 

The PAG will further the aims and objectives of the Patient and Public Liaison Group established on 3rd Feb 2004 (now defunct) in addition to driving the recommendations of the paper Patient Public and Practitioner Partnerships within Imaging and Radiotherapy: Guiding Principles.

Read all about how the current members of the PAG came to be involved, what they've been working on, what the best parts of being a member of the group is and why you should get involved too.

Philip Plant - Chair of the Patient Advisory Group (PAG).

I have been a member of the PPLG and now the PAG for about 8 years and Chair for the last 4 years.

I decided to join the Group after recovering from a serious illness during which I came into repeated contact with diagnostic radiographers and it left a lasting impression on me. My experience was nothing but positive and I thought that becoming involved with the group was a way of giving something back. I had had a wide experience of health issues both as a patient and carer.

I recently spoke about the "Patient Public and Practitioner Partnerships within Imaging and Radiotherapy: Guiding Principles" at the The College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS) seminar in London as I had worked on the task and finish group to produce this important guidance.

I am a member of the SoR Research Group and I was part of the working party that responded to the Francis Report on behalf of the SCoR.

I attend the College Board of Trustees (CBoT) meetings as a lay member from time to time.

I am a lay / patient member on the Public Health England (PHE) International Research Group into ionising radiation impact on cataracts.

Having joined the group I was concerned that the group was something of a tick-box exercise for the SoR and decided that it ether needed to change or I needed to find an alternative charity to support. Radical changes to the attitude towards the Patient Voice, the SCoR becoming much more Patient Centric and the Patient now being the focus of both the College and Society strategies has been most rewarding and I am grateful to have had an opportunity to play my part.

I like to think that I bring a sense of humour to the Group and my main motivation is to see a fairer health service for those who are otherwise left behind because of age, lack of technology, dementia etc

I was born in Sheffield and I have a keen interest in sport and enjoy watching cricket. I'm a keen photographer and am constantly in search of the magical nature picture. I work with a Children's Charity who provide access to the non resident parent of separated families and am an active member of the local Antique Society.

We’re currently a group of six lay members and we would like to grow our numbers.

Membership is open to anyone and we meet two or three times a year, with expenses covered by the College. We also keep in touch electronically.

 

Linda Samuels

I am a retired teacher of Modern Foreign languages and a JP and have served as a patient representative in the NHS at national and local levels. I am proud to be a founder member of the SCoR Patient and Public Liaison Group (PPLG).

In 2007 I responded to a newspaper advert appealing for members of the public who would be interested in forming a PPLG of the SCoR. At about this time I had completed research as part of my postgraduate studies on the the topic of Patient Involvement in the NHS. The conclusion I had reached was that there was very little positive and effective participation so I felt that this was an opportunity to make a useful contribution.

During my time as a member of the PPLG I have had the opportunity to serve on various boards and working groups including the Approval and Accreditation Board, the College Board of Trustees, the Radiotherapy Board and the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group. In all these activities my input as a lay person has been fully appreciated and I have always felt that my contributions have been valued. I believe, therefore, that the PPLG (now the Patient Advisory Group (PAG)) has a very important role to play in improving the patient experience. 
Being a member of the PAG has also given me other opportunities to participate in the wider health community – I am an accredited lay assessor for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and carry out assessments in both Imaging and Physiological services.

Linda’s advice to those who may be considering applying to become a Patient Advisory Group member is clear:

“I’d say to anyone – get involved! And the more you get involved, the more you get out of it. I’ve met many incredible people and seen some of the vast amounts of work that goes on. It really makes you appreciate what is done for the patient and gives you a small but not insignificant insight into the NHS. It’s incredibly enjoyable.”

 

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