Patient champions sought to join Stoke-on-Trent’s NHS congress

Local NHS leaders are looking to recruit people to champion the views, opinions and values of patients from Stoke-on-Trent.

NHS Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to appoint new members to its Patient Congress and is looking for applicants. The congress is drawn from people of all ages and backgrounds who have an interest in health and NHS services and can spare some time towards influencing the way decisions are made.

It is the role of Patient Congress to put forward the views of local people which must be considered when important commissioning decisions are made.

Margy Woodhead, the CCG’s Lay Board Member for Patient and Public Involvement said: “The NHS belongs to all of us. It’s therefore very important that decisions are made with local people and not for local people. Patients’ experiences and voices have to be considered wherever feasible and Patient Congress is an important part in this process.

“Patient Congress considers a wide range of issues and recently this has included extended access to GP appointments and how to tackle problems with wasted medicines. Congress can make representations to the Board and these must be considered.”

To become a congress member you must be registered with a GP practice in Stoke-on-Trent or work for a community group in the area, and have an interest in the NHS.

Congress members are expected to work around 50 hours per year and be willing to attend evening meetings which normally take place every other month. Expenses and an attendance allowance are paid.

The new congress members will be appointed from the beginning of April.

Anyone interested is initially asked to send a statement of up to 250 words about why they wish to apply, what they can offer and any relevant experience they would bring to this role, along with full contact details.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18 February.

This will be followed by interviews which will take place in the week beginning 19 March.

Statements should be sent to  Melanie Stoddard either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Melanie Stoddard, Stoke-on-Trent CCG, Smithfield One, Leonard Coates Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4FA.