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Meet the Patient Advisory Group (PAG)

 

Philip Plant

Philip Plant is the Chair of the Patient Advisory Group (PAG)

"I have been a member of the PPLG and now the PAG for about 8 years (I think) and Chair for the last 4 years. I decided to join the Group after recovering from a serious illness and 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 at the CoRIPS seminar in London about my involvement in the task and finish group to develop the Society and College of Radiographers' Patient Public and Practitioner Partnerships within Imaging and Radiotherapy:Guiding Principles.I am a member of the SoR Research Group. I was part of the working party that responded to the Francis Report on behalf of the SoR. I attend the College Board of Trustees 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. I worked on the Clinical Imaging Board project to develop a paper on Errors, Adverse Events and Near Misses."

Philip explains:

“Membership of the PAG 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,” he adds.

Philip explains that being a part of the PAG is more than just turning up, having a voice is important: “From the PAG perspective it is important that we are more than a ’tick box’ and that we understand radiographers and the environment in which they work so that we can provide credible and genuine support,” he says.

“We are supported by SCoR officers and work closely with them on a broad range of projects and professional issues. We also share our insights and views with SCoR working groups, boards and other organisations".

"It is both fascinating and very rewarding to know that as a lay person you can get involved and help in the delivery of great patient care.”

 

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 now the Patient Advisory Group (PAG).

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 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.

“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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