The Network Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy (updated 2019) outlines a strategy for member organisations to facilitate the involvement and engagement of patients, public and wider service users with the Network in the most appropriate way in the planning, provision and evaluation of critical care health care services. This Strategy is informed by the Network Vision, that all patients within the Network receive safe equitable access to the best care in the most suitable environment including timely transfer to regional centres.
Over the last two years, representatives have been appointed to the Network. This has provided greater opportunity to engage patients, the public and wider service users in the work of the Network to inform planning, provision and evaluation of critical care services. The Strategy will be updated in 2021, providing an opportunity to seek new/additional PPI representatives to the Network.
Further patient, public involvement and engagement is achieved through the identification of patient stories through unstructured interview with past patients and or relatives/carers. A number of stories have been shared at the Network Annual Conference and through presentations to the Board.
PPI is a key component that supports the Network’s objectives and whilst this Strategy provides an overarching approach to engagement and involvement at a Network level, it does not replace, but rather complements local participant member organisation PPI Strategies.
John Crouch and Stuart Belshaw are current Network PPI representatives.
The Network Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Strategy is available here