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Healthwatch England Committee member one of top 50 BME health pioneers

07/11/14

Healthwatch England Committee member and former local councillor, Patrick Vernon OBE, has been included by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) in their 2014 list of top health and care pioneers from BME backgrounds.

The HSJ’s top 50 celebrates those who, through their exceptional leadership abilities and day-to-day efforts, are inspiring others and helping to shape and deliver excellent care for all.

Working with marginalised communities for over two decades, over the last three years Patrick has played a key role in setting up and developing Healthwatch England.

Patrick’s nominators described him as “a tireless campaigner across health and social care for equitable access and patient experience for BME communities”. And that pretty much encapsulates his dedication and commitment to equality and diversity.

The judges added: “He is a really strong candidate for the work he’s done around mental illness.”

As Chair of the original Healthwatch Advisory Group and now a member of our Committee, he has promoted the need to engage with hard to reach groups and helped to amplify their voices at a local and national level in the debate around health and care services.

“It’s great to be recognised by the Health Service Journal, NHS Leadership Academy, and NHS Employers for my work and commitment over the years in tackling issues around equality and inclusion in health and social care,” Patrick said.

“I hope to use this recognition to further campaign, lobby and support development of services and policy that meets the needs of patients, service users, carers and the wider community.”

Our Chair, Anna Bradley said:

“Patrick has been an invaluable member of the Healthwatch England Committee, helping us to think through and implement our approach to equalities.

“Always acting in the interests of patients and users of service who are less well represented or able to speak out on their own behalf, he thoroughly deserves his place amongst the HSJ’s top 100 BME pioneers.”

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