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Patient participation guidance released

17 March 2014

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Bite-size guides to support patient and public participation in the NHS have been released by NHS England. 

These guides are linked to the Transforming participation in Health and Social Care guidance which was published late last year.  

The guides have been developed with partners and by reviewing good practice aim to support clinical commissioning groups and others to plan and deliver good patient and public participation. 

The guides are available to view on the NHS England website:

 Bite-size guide 1 – Principles for Participation in Commissioning

 Bite-size guide 2 – Governance for Participation

 Bite-size guide 3 – Planning for Participation

 Bite-size guide 4 – Budgeting for Participation

An NHS England statement reads: “These four Bite-size guides form the first batch of a suite of bite-size resources, and more will follow throughout the year.

“Patient and public voice (PPV) needs to be integral and not an ‘add-on’ part of the programme, and planned and budgeted for accordingly. Resources should be included for specific events and engagement activities, and communications that include feedback to those involved. Accessibility needs for events and meetings should be met, as well as ‘out of pocket’ expenses for volunteer representatives. Particular resources and bespoke engagement activities should be planned to encourage participation from marginalised groups.”