PIF member PRSB has announced it is building a Patient and People Network.

The network will support patients and carers to influence the information that is prioritised for care and decide how it is shared.

It recognises the importance of self-care, self-management, illness prevention and personal goals to the wellbeing of many patients and carers.  

PRSB has established a people priorities team, made up of patients and engagement specialists, and developed a strategy to help deliver a programme of work putting patient needs and priorities at its heart. 

It will be aiming to expand the team of patients and carers it currently works with to address the issues they feel are most pressing, as well as working closely with PRSB's member and partner user networks. 

This will include challenges such as health inequalities, lack of access to information and sharing in decision-making. 

Announcing the news, PRSB said: "We appreciate that people’s information needs may be different to the professionals who treat them, but are equally important."  

The project will include re-evaluating current processes to ensure topics are accessible and that people feel they can get involved and share their views in a meaningful way to support change within the system.  

The new network will also offer support and training where needed. 

Carers and patients who would like to get involved can email [javascript protected email address].