27th November 2002

 

STUDENTS HELP NHS VOLUNTEERS TO GET MEDIA SAVVY

 

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Journalism students at the University of Lincoln have been helping NHS volunteers to feel confident about facing the media.

 

Next year each NHS trust in the country will have its own patients’ forum to represent patients and members of the public, to influence the trust’s decision-making and to monitor the delivery of services.

 

Three pilot forums were set up in Lincolnshire in September to shadow the Lincolnshire Ambulance Trust, the Lincolnshire South West Teaching Primary Care Trust and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

 

Volunteer members of those three pilot forums were at the university today (Wednesday) to receive media training from staff and students on the university’s Journalism course.

 

“Part of the work of the unpaid volunteers who will make up the patients’ forums will be to speak to the media about issues affecting the NHS,” said Rachael Scoley of the Lincolnshire South West Teaching Primary Care Trust.

 

“The creation of these forums is part of the Government’s agenda to increase patient engagement. The forums will be the voice of the patients representing the communities they work in – their job will be to talk to the patients and take their views, monitor local services and influence the way services are run.”

 

Journalism students from the university gave the patients’ forum members tips and pointers on how to handle the media and staged mock interviews to discuss the role of the patients’ forums.

 

Caption: Journalism students Kat Linsley Hood (left) and Kate Williams interviewing Alan Daniels of the Lincolnshire Ambulance Trust Pilot Patients’ Forum.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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