As we emerge from lockdown and deal with a very uncertain world, there are opportunities as well as challenges for our communities.  Our communities and particularly diverse groups, are having to cope with health service changes due to Long COVID and facilitated by the NHS Reset programme.  As a regional patient group, our efforts are focused on working with system leaders in various organisations, including Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Health and Care Partnerships, to maintain the patient & public voice throughout the changes.

The purpose of a partnership, is to share health policy and guidance and develop a collective patient and carer voice in response to our continually changing health landscape. The ICS will develop further partnerships to include local Government and Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, who will have a role in delivering services in primary care. There will be a new ICS NHS legislative body and PLACE organisations, responsible for local population health needs.

It is against this background that we have the opportunity to develop a ‘collaborative voice’ to influence and shape the proposed changes

What we can offer

  • Opportunities for training - skills development for Patient & Public Involvement
  • Access to clinical experts for information and guidance
  • Opportunities for involvement in programmes, services and research
  • Have a co-produced voice in shaping health services and influence improved outcomes for patients, informal carers and staff
  • Extend sources of lived experience
  • Share experience and knowledge

Our Partners

Eastern Academic Health Science Network



At Eastern AHSN, we have a passion for health and technology and a desire to take healthcare forwards and solve difficult problems for the benefit of our community.

Eastern AHSN is funded by the NHS and the Office for Life Sciences to bring together academia, citizens, health services and industry to realise the value of innovations more quickly.

Our focus is the East of England, but we are part of a national network which enables us to deliver at scale.


East of England Ambulance Service


We are one of the largest ambulance services in the UK.  Our dedicated people are our biggest asset and provide services in six counties, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk which is an area of about 7,500 square miles.  It encompasses tranquil rural retreats, busy seaside resorts and large urban conurbations.

Trust Headquarters is at Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.   Local offices in Bedford, Chelmsford and Norwich.

Go to our website for more information
Contact: Victoria Boyce -

  • More than 5,000 staff and volunteers cover 7,500 square miles
  • There are potentially more than six million patients….
  • We handle more than one million 999 calls every year
  • Budget of £281 million and we work with 19 acute Trusts (A & E)

African Families in the UK

AFiUK primarily exists to serve the interests of African and other ethnic minority families where the parents were born and educated overseas, while their children have been born in the UK, often creating a clash of cultural identities for all concerned. Particularly, these children and young people do not identify either with their parents’ culture, nor that of the UK; instead they are evolving a new culture and identity, something that’s fresh and unique to themselves: a third culture.

The vision of AFiUK is to equip African and other ethnic minority families in the UK to take their rightful place as fruitful members of our society, and to make the most of the available opportunities in their adopted country without adversely affecting the strong family and community networks that Africans are known for.

To be the one-stop place for families of African and other ethnic minority origin, resident in the UK, seeking advice or information, on matters relating to parenting, children’s education and any family-friendly activities that enrich family life.  To offer consultation and expert knowledge to professionals and practitioners from Local Authorities and other family support agencies.

Cambridge Rare Disease Network

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Cambridge Rare Disease Network is a platform for change. It is the infrastructure that unites patients, advocates, experts and leaders to address the challenges faced by people affected by rare diseases. By sharing knowledge and experience, the journey towards better diagnosis, treatment and support for patients and their families is smoother and more certain.

To meet the team and learn more about our work visit
Contact: Jo Balfour


Mental Health Coaching and Training with a Social Impact

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Illuminate is a professional, not-for-profit organisation specialising in mental health coaching and training to help people make positive changes.    Illuminate has over twelve years of experience using coaching, training and facilitation techniques to overcome mental ill health.  Their expertise is specifically in helping people to make positive and sustainable changes in their lives.  Their approach is to create a level playing field where coaching is available to people regardless of their personal circumstances.  They are passionate about challenging the stigma of talking about and addressing mental health.

The team are warm, welcoming, deliberately informal and non-judgmental.  This is balanced with a high degree of expertise and professionalism.  To meet the team and find out more, contact Sam Greenley on



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