Who chairs the PCN?
Sally Brearley joined the PCN as chair in September 2018. Sally facilitates the research expert group of service users and carers at the Centre for Public Engagement, Kingston and St George's University of London. She has an active interest in patient and public involvement in healthcare, as well as quality of healthcare. She has been involved in patient representation for many years, and published multiple papers. Sally is also a lay member on the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Speaking about her role as PCN chair, Sally said:
'I feel very honoured to have the opportunity to chair the RCP’s Patient and Carer Network for the next 3 years. It's truly a case of 'standing on the shoulders of giants', as so much excellent work has gone on since the network was established in 2004, and so many people have contributed their time, wisdom, knowledge, skills and experience towards getting it to where it is today.
'Very often in my experience of patient and public involvement, I have found that patients are actually or metaphorically on the outside asking – or sometimes banging on the door – to be let into conversations about their care. It's great, instead, to find myself inside an organisation which recognises, supports and encourages patients, carers and clinicians to work together to improve services for everyone, as well as enhancing the experience of those who receive care and also those who give it.'