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: Friday 17 June 2022
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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 chair: Maria Clark

Members

Emma Beeden
Dr Peter Curry
Kieron Blake
Sue Gallagher
Jane Gregory
Richard Grimes
Daniel McQueen
Stuart Nixon
Rowena Skinner
Tracy Stephenson
Naheed Tahir

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 5 October 2022

  • Wednesday 25 January 2023

  • Friday 26 May 2023

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

For more information email [email protected].

 

Symposium

The PLG holds annual symposiums. The most recent symposium took place on Wednesday 27 April 2022 and covered a key area of the Group’s interest i.e. the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The title was ‘Achieving respectful, person-centred inpatient care for young people with severe and enduring mental illness’. The event brought together people with lived experience and people working across the field to discuss this important issue.

The 2021 symposium addressed 'Service Provision: Access & Equity’ where medical professionals, third sector groups, and people with lived experience of poor access to care, joined together to discuss inequities in access to care and treatment and share possible solutions.

 

How to join

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.

There are a few routes into the PLG: 

Open recruitment of lay members
  • Seats/term - the PLG recruits up to 12 seats for a three-session term, renewable for a further term of three sessions.
  • Timeline - applications open around springtime every three years. The recruitment process usually involves a written application and an interview.
  • Eligibility - any patients, careers and lay members who have an interest in health and social equity, diversity and inclusion.
Open recruitment of doctor members
  • Seats/ term - the PLG recruits one grass-root doctor member for a three-session term, renewable for one more session on two further occasions.
  • Timeline - applications open around springtime every three years. The recruitment process usually involves a written application and an interview.
  • Eligibility - any BMA doctor member who shall not have served on the UK or a national council preceding two years or be a candidate for elections to such groups.
Appointments from other BMA committees

One representative from each of the following for a one-session term:

  • UK council
  • junior doctors committee
  • medical ethics committee.

If you wish to join the PLG through the open recruitment process, posts are advertised in our Working at the BMA area throughout the year.

Should you wish to join via any of the relevant committees, please see any running elections on their respective pages. 

 

Get in touch

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