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What is a lay member for patient and public involvement?

A lay member is someone who has expertise and experience at a senior level in patient and public involvement, and who has a good knowledge of our local communities.  They also bring experience of working at board level in a large organisation.

In every aspect of the CCG’s business, our lay member helps ensure that local people’s voices are heard and that opportunities to empower people, and get them involved in co-design, are created and protected for patient and public.

Our lay member is also responsible for holding the CCG to account for their patient and public involvement by ensuring:

Introducing David Richardson, our lay member for patient and public involvement

David RichardsonAfter more than 30 years’ service, David retired as a senior police officer in 2004. He has also worked with the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside on community safety initiatives and to help reduce crime and disorder, and the use of drugs and alcohol.

In 2005, David became chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a post he held for nine years, whilst at the same time working as chief executive for Bradford Breakthrough Limited, the senior business leaders’ networking and advocacy partnership. He is currently a director of a property business in Leeds and independent chairman of Bradford and Airedale Estates Partnership, a company created to improve healthcare buildings.

David’s membership of CCG committees

David is a member of a number of CCG committees and other meetings, including:

Information about the roles of these committees is available our annual report.

How David holds our service providers to account for their patient and public involvement

As a member of the Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee, together with involvement in a broad range of patient involvement meetings, David is able to provide appropriate support and challenge to issues being considered and decided upon.

Together with colleagues, he ensures that the governing body remains in tune with member practices, their patients and the community by acting in the best interests of the health of the local population and maintaining a clear business focus on commissioning the highest quality services that secures the best possible outcomes for patients.

What are David’s particular interests as a lay member?

Having worked in public service for more than 40 years, David understands the importance of authentic public involvement in the decisions that affect the daily lives of our communities

David strongly believes that the contributions of patients and the public can add considerable value to the design and commissioning of health and care services and champions their involvement.

"By involving people with 'lived experiences' we can redesign services that better meet the needs of the people the service is intended to support and help. In addition, improved patient and carer feedback on the extent to which the service actually meets their needs can ensure that health and care services seek continued improvement."

As a lay member, what recent initiatives has David been involved in?

David is an active member of the Bradford CCGs Patient Network Steering Group and an advocate for the greater involvement of Patient Participation Groups in supporting all of our GP practices.

David is currently working with the chair of the Patient Network Steering Group and NHS Improvement Academy, exploring the wider creation, development and involvement of Patient Participation Groups to influence and support the delivery of patient centred health and care services.

David is a lay member of the Programme Board for a research programme into Personalised Care Planning for the Elderly and Frail that has received £2.7 million of funding from the National Institute for Health Research to conduct a five year programme studying personalised care planning to improve quality of life for older people with frailty.

Personalised care planning is designed to improve self-management skills, prevent unplanned hospital admissions and help support older people with frailty to thrive in their communities. The approach also aims to improve coordination of primary care, out of hospital programme board, voluntary sector and social care services whilst increasing social connectivity of individuals to improve their health and wellbeing.

The overall aim of the research is to find out whether personalised care planning improves quality of life for older people living with frailty, and is cost-effective.