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: Monday 16 March 2020
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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: Lesley Bentley

Deputy chair: Jenny Wigram

Jacquelyn Adams
Andy Burgen
Maria Clark
Mr Allan Hall
Dr Vinton Cheng
Dr John Chisholm CBE
Dr Hannah Barham-Brown
Jane Gregory
Kieron Blake
Rowena Skinner
Dr Lucie Kennedy-Cocker, junior doctor committee rep


Our meetings

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

Upcoming meetings:

  • Monday 11 May 2020, Manchester

All our meetings usually take place 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 last symposium addressed how the digitalisation of the NHS will impact patients in the UK. It was attended by 55 delegates representing 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 a number of new PLG members annually on a voluntary basis. These vacancies will be advertised here in early 2020. 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].