Expert Patients

Could you help us to make health services better?

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who can help us to train doctors and nurses and other healthcare staff.

The role of the Expert Patient is to help make health care better for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

You will be given some training to do the following:

  • Help us to train doctors, nurses and other health care staff
  • Help us to look at the services we provide

We are looking for people from different backgrounds and levels of ability.

We may ask expert patients to:

  • Tell the stories of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have had experiences of health care
  • Do some acting, for example pretend you are going for a health check with a doctor
  • Help to give a presentation using a computer and powerpoint
  • Be a “mystery shopper”, for example ask the café to help you get your food, and tell us if you were happy with the help you were given
  • Test out how accessible our organisations are
  • Look at some of our documents with us and tell us what you think of them
  • Look at some of the ways that we do things in hospitals and GP surgeries and tell us if they work well for people with learning disabilities

For more information contact Tristan Johnson or Tara Webster on 01603 289801.