The Citizens’ Partnership will help to build and maintain public understanding and confidence in our healthcare safety investigations. It will ensure the public perspective is embedded in everything we do and add value to investigations from inception to completion.
We have appointed Patrick Vernon OBE as Chair of the Citizens’ Partnership following an open recruitment process. Patrick and HSIB staff worked with a design and delivery group to advise on the remit of the Citizens' Partnership. An open recruitment process was held in July and appointed five members to the Citizens' Partnership.
What the Citizens’ Partnership will do
Members of the Citizens’ Partnership will contribute their experience to:
- reviewing family engagement investigation materials
- chairing focus groups as part of our national investigations
- involving users in the redesign of the HSIB website
Professor Patrick Vernon, OBE
Chair of Citizenship Partnership for HSIB
Patrick has recently been appointed Independent Non- Executive Director of Birmingham and Solihull ICS where he leads on inequalities, and Non-Executive Director for Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Associate Director for Connected Communities for the Centre for Ageing Better. He is also a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, Fellow of Goodenough College, Fellow at Imperial War Museum, Fellow of Royal Historical Society, and former associate fellow for the department of history of medicine at Warwick University. and Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work on tackling health inequalities and ethnic minority communities.
In 2018 he received an honorary PhD from Wolverhampton University and was selected as one of the 1000 Progressive Londoner by the Evening Standard. In 2019 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for campaigning and advocacy work by the SMK Foundation.
In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as of Britain’s top 20 campaigners and was included in the 2020 Power list of 100 influential Black People in Britain. In 2020 he was co-author of 100 Great Black Britons. In 2020 Patrick established the Majonzi Fund which is providing small grants to families and community organisations to organise commemoration events for individuals from BAME communities who have died of covid-19 over the last 19 months. Finally, Patrick is a broadcaster and writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on healthcare, cultural heritage, and race. In August 2021 Patrick was appointed by Wolverhampton University as Honorary Professor of cultural heritage and Community Leadership for the Department of Community Development.
Jennifer’s background in medical investigation lies in mental health, general practice and surgery. She is a former CQC Mental Health Act Commissioner (inspector), a Royal College of GPs Quality Assessor, GP performance Assessor for an LLP, and originally a lay assessor for the Quality Outcomes Framework in primary care. She is currently Lay Assessor to the Royal College of Surgeons Invited Review Mechanism.
Outside investigation Jennifer works in mental health law Chairing an NHS Mental Health Act (MHA) Appeals Panel hearing appeals against detention under the MHA.
Her other primary role is in health research policy where she is the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Strategic Co-Lead for 3 Government Policy Research Units (QSO; PIRU & PH). She sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Behavioural Science PRU. Her current work for QSO includes advising on the examination of the mechanisms to deal with medical negligence cases in England.
Jennifer is the Chair of the Public Advisory Group and the Ethics Lead for the National Institute of Health Research RDS London. She is a former Vice Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) & current Co-Chair & training lead for a global REC (Save the Children). She sits on the Board of the NIHR School of Public Health Research & the International Strategic Advisory Board of the Cambridge Uni Pub Health & Global Pub Health research units where she is also PPI Lead and Chair of the WM Public Advisory Group. She is a member of the NIHR Covid College of Experts. She is also member of the Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-term Conditions Steering group with the CMO Chris Witty. She is a former member of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Confidential Enquiries.
Academically Jennifer is a former Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Scholar and currently holds honorary contracts with the Universities Cambridge, University of Oxford, Kent & King’s College London & is an independent visiting lecturer to the KCL medical school where she teaches psychiatric ethics.
Her health research academic outputs include co-authorship in 2018-2021 in the BMJ, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine – she is currently an Editorial Board member for the Wiley journal Health Expectations.
Paul Buckley retired from the General Medical Council at the end of 2020 after 25 years with the organisation. His most recent role was Director of Strategy and Policy, where he focused on the alignment of professional and systems regulation, and on links between leadership culture and safety in healthcare.
Paul is now developing a non-executive career, and in addition to his role with HSIB's Citizen's Partnership he is the independent chair of the Scope of Practice and Education Oversight committee for the counselling and psychotherapy professions.
Maisie's experiences as a carer for multiple family members with serious medical conditions led to an interest in public involvement and patient engagement. She currently supports two of the National Institute for Health Research policy research units as a patient representative on its collaboration groups, which focus on data use in research and clinical trials and a number of HDRUK Health Data Research Hubs.
She is a member of use MY data, a movement of patients, carers and relatives which endeavours to highlight the benefits that appropriate usage of healthcare data can make to save lives and improve care and is currently the only Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Representive on the Panel and Steering Group of the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care for England. Maisie has worked in operational management, health promotion and disease prevention for the NHS in a non-clinical capacity and is an adult mental health first aid associate and trainer with Mental Health First Aid England.
Sarah has been a senior leader in the voluntary sector for more than 20+ years, working as Chief Executive and formerly Director of Communications and Campaigning for a number of disability and health organisations.
She now splits her time between being anon-executive director -in the NHS as an independent lay member championing patient and public engagement for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, as a senior independent director for a Bristol social housing association, Brighter Places –and running her own charity consultancy in strategic and governance review and advice and executive mentoring –working with a range of different charities and communities.
She has for many years been a chair and trustee on many different charities including DHI, working with people with substance misuse and being on a board committee for Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Charity. She is now Chair of Open Story Tellers –an arts organisation working with people with a learning disability, Vice Chair of Together for Short Lives, the children’s palliative care charity, and Vice Chair of One25, a Bristol charity working with street sex-workers and vulnerable women.
Placida Uzoamaka Ojinnaka
Known as Uzoamaka, she is a non-practising solicitor, who has been a member of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) of the Law Society DD since 2004.She is involved with various disability-related organisations, raising issues concerning disabled people via social media.
She is a British-Nigerian woman with a disability who aspires because of her ability to SMILE & SHINE. She is also a social worker, disability and political activist, mediator and a former biomedical scientist. She is a former patient governor with Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust and was listed in the 2018 Power 100 List of the most influential disabled people in Britain by the Shaw Trust. Currently a Council Member of the Law Society of England & Wales and volunteer for a leading national charity, Turn2Us and member of the ALLFIE. In her spare time, she writes poetry and follows Liverpool FC.
If you have a question about our Citizens’ Partnership please email Alison McLellan, Head of Patient and Public Involvement / Equality and Diversity:: firstname.lastname@example.org.