Patient liaison group overview

The PLG (patient liaison group) acts as an informed patient view on matters of interest to the medical profession and to patients.

Location: UK
Audience: Patients and public
Updated: Wednesday 6 January 2021
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The PLG (patient liaison group) represents patients within the BMA, informs BMA policy, and provides an informed patient view on matters of interest to the medical profession and to patients.

It also highlights areas of patient concern to the BMA, and works alongside BMA committees on behalf of patients, including BMA council, the general practitioners committee and consultants committee.

PLG members come from a range of backgrounds and draw on their knowledge and experience as patients, carers and professionals working in a range of health-related fields.


Our priorities

  • Act as a critical friend on issues that concern patients.
  • Initiate constructive and robust challenges to decision making and policy development.
  • Ensure BMA policy development and related activities include patients' perspective, interests and concerns.
  • Help the BMA understand how its decisions will affect patients and carers, and raise awareness of the needs of all patient groups, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Self-care guidance

Self-care encompasses the things individuals can do to protect their own health and manage illness. To help improve patients' understanding of self-care, the PLG has developed a 'question and answer' resource.

Download our self-care guidance

Doctors' titles

The BMA is committed to improving the patient experience. As part of this, PLG has developed a resource for patients to help clarify 'who’s who' in a medical team.

Download our guidance to doctors' titles and roles

Patient and public involvement

Engaged and involved patients are key to achieving a healthcare system that is responsive to their needs and values.

Download our patient involvement toolkit for GPs


Our people

PLG members come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including some with direct patient-based links. The group has seats for eleven lay members and five doctor members who work on a voluntary basis.

Chair: Christine Douglass

Deputy co-chairs: Maria Clark and Jane Gregory


Dr Hannah Barham-Brown
Emma Beeden
Kieron Blake
Andy Burgen
Dr John Chisholm CBE
Sue Gallagher
Dr Louise Glanvill
Richard Grimes
Daniel McQueen
Dr Chaand Nagpaul
Dr Nitin Shrotri
Rowena Skinner

Our meetings

The PLG meets four times a year to discuss the latest issues affecting patients. The meetings are open to PLG members only.

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 27 January 2021

  • Wednesday 28 April 2021

  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 (Symposium).

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information email [email protected].



The PLG annual symposium took place on Friday 7 February 2020. The symposium addressed the impact of housing on health and how to better integrate services to improve patient care.

The previous symposium held in 2018 addressed how the digitalisation of the NHS will impact patients in the UK. Its 55 delegates were representatives of patient lay groups, medical royal colleges, charities and BMA committees.


Get involved

Getting involved with the PLG gives you the opportunity to shape the BMA's views on key healthcare issues, ranging from patient confidentiality and NHS reforms to organ donation and social care.

The BMA recruits new PLG members annually on a voluntary basis. During recruitment, posts are advertised in our Working at the BMA area. The recruitment process usually involves a written application and an interview.


Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the PLG, email [email protected].