Patient, carer and public representation is extremely important to us because it offers an opportunity for those who use the services to contribute to guideline development. Patient and public involvement means that the final guidelines are focused and relevant for the people most affected by them. Additionally, our guidelines are accredited by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
A workshop or Focus Day to ensure patient and public involvement, is held in May each year following the March Regional Audit launch meeting when the four topics for that audit cycle are decided. The workshop is usually a half-day session and is relaxed and informal. There is a presentation of each topic from a Guideline Development Group representative followed by a round table discussions to discuss aspects such as:
- How best can we involve patients, carers and the public in this topic and the work of the Guideline Development Group?
- What are the key questions we should be addressing from a patient and public perspective?
- What additional resources could really make a difference?
A Focus Day has been held in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Each has been successful in securing input from members of the public who attended both at the workshop and during the development of each guideline. Unfortunately due to COVID and restrictions in place there have currently been no Focus Days in 2020 and 2021.