The patient champions’ network is made up of patients (current and former), carers, bereaved people and members of the public who care about the future of cancer and end of life services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Most of us have experience of the current system and recognise the need for a radical change in the way services are co-ordinated.

We help to shape services and make decisions with NHS commissioners.

Some of our patient champions are ‘Procurement Patient Champions.’ This means that we are part of the decision-making process to make sure we select the best bidder to co-ordinate services. We have made a bigger commitment and attend more meetings to discuss what we want to see from the service integrator for cancer care and end of life care. We get together with NHS commissioners and clinical experts and contribute to roundtable discussions about the outcomes we’re looking for, as well as face-to-face meetings with the bidders themselves. Along with our training and preparation, we can be involved in several meetings a week during busy times – we’re a dedicated and hardworking bunch! We make sure that patient’s voices are represented and heard during discussions with bidders.

Some of us attend meetings with doctors, commissioners and experts to decide what is needed to improve how care is delivered in the best interest of the patient. We represent the patient’s voice and our vote carries the same weight as everybody else around the table.

To become a patient champion contact Bikki Gray, bikki.gray@northstaffs.nhs.uk 

Read our Little Green Book, this has been created as a guide for patient champions.
Little Green Book

Read some of our individual stories and about why we became involved in this programme.

Some of our patient champions

Our mission is to improve patients’ experience of cancer and end of life care services by coordinating each step of the patient journey.