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Patient Leadership Programme

9th September - 30th September 2021

Please note: The Patient Leadership Programme is now FULLY BOOKED. However, if you would like to join the waiting list, we will contact you if a space becomes available.

The Point of Care Foundation is partnering with others whose mission is to Humanise Healthcare. We kick this off on 9th September 2021, when we partner with David Gilbert, mental health service user, director of InHealth Associates and the first Patient Director in the NHS, to host his ground-breaking Patient Leadership programme.

Patient Leadership signals a breakthrough in healthcare that moves beyond traditional engagement and uncovers the pioneering and transformative work of patient leaders – those affected by life-changing illness, injury or disability who want to lead change in the healthcare system. Or ‘those who have been through stuff, who know stuff, who want to change stuff’.

This course lays the foundation for understanding patient leadership. It is designed for both patients and non-patients to explore together different facets of this emerging social movement.

Programme lead – David Gilbert, Director, InHealth Associates
Twitter @DavidGilbert43

Host – Bev Fitzsimons, CEO, The Point of Care Foundation
Twitter @PointofCareFdn @Fitzy45

Who should come on this programme?

We welcome applications from patient and carer leaders, health professionals, managers, non-clinical staff and those from the independent, voluntary and charitable sectors who are interested in advancing the cause of patient leadership. It is open to international attendees.

Programme Outline

The Course will be delivered through four sessions; each will be two and a half hours long and take place via Zoom. Each session will consist of about 50/50 presentation and discussion. It will enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills to drive the cause of patient leadership.

Click here for the programme outline.


Total cost for the programme (all four sessions) costs: £195.
A small number of free bursary places are available to patient leaders. Details on application.
*The programme will be limited to 12 participants.


To apply for a place on the Patient Leadership Programme please follow the link below to our application form. The application form will take you around 10 minutes and needs to be completed in one sitting.

We have two free places available. If you are a patient, service user or carer and feel that you are unable to pay the fee, please email to be considered for one of these two free places on a first come first served basis. If your application for the bursary is successful you will receive a voucher code to enter for the programme fee when applying.

Apply here

Waiting List

The programme we are hosting is small and limited to 12 spaces. Once the programme is fully booked, new applicants will join the waiting list. If then a space does become available we will contact you via email to let you know.