The Patient and Public Group
The Royal College of Surgeons of England's Patient and Public Group (PPG) was first established in April 1999. It provides a direct patient and public voice across the everyday business of RCS England. The PPG works to:
- ensure an effective patient voice in RCS England's work
- influence RCS England's standards and policies
- proactively raise areas of patient concern to RCS England
- advise RCS England about the best way to engage with patients
- act as a critical friend to RCS England
Sue DenmarkSue’s professional background includes a full-time career in social work with leadership, systems thinking and management roles working with adults in the community, managing an adult care referral team and as a learning and development officer (safeguarding and mental capacity) in Wiltshire. Sue has personal experience of both caring and living with a long-term condition. She was a carer for many years and her experience led her to become an Ambassador for Carer’s UK and Trustee and Chair of Wiltshire Carers. In 2009, Sue was diagnosed with M.S. in addition to arthritis so needed to adapt and change her working opportunities. Since then she has developed a part-time working portfolio using both her professional skills and patient/carer experience locally and nationally. Roles have included working with the Coalition for Collaborative Care on person centred care and coproduction with patients, carers and the public and promoting the health coaching approach with Dr Penny Newman and Dr Andrew McDowell. Sue has been a speaker/presenter at numerous health and care events and conferences in the UK. In a voluntary capacity Sue is Chair of Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living and tutor for the RFU Safeguarding Team. Currently Sue is working with NHS England’s Diversity and Inclusion team as the Coordinator for the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Programme. Sue’s wider interests include creative art and craft activities and supporting her local community and supporting local community action.
Douglas FindlayDouglas Findlay is an enthusiastic advocate of the NHS; he is involved with a number of NHS organisations in a lay capacity where he endeavours to act as an honest mirror to the people he works alongside. Douglas is currently an NHS patient and has been a carer for his parents and advocate for others who have asked for help. He started his voluntary work as a board member of his local Healthwatch and as a volunteer at his Local Acute Hospital and the Community Mental Health Trust. As with most voluntary work, the commitments have grown to fill the time, so his involvement work now includes local, regional and national projects.
Linda WestawayLinda has a background in Human Resources and Learning & Development across a range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, SME, and not for profit. She continues to support a number of Universities and charities with 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring of staff, and is currently an enterprise advisor, developing career and employability strategies with special schools in Hertfordshire.
Linda's work as a non-executive Director with an NHS Primary Care Trust convinced her of the need for commitment to public and patient engagement, and to ensuring that patients and their carers have a voice.