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The Bevan Advocates Programme

Are you passionate or frustrated about the NHS?

Do you have a story to share?

Do you want to make a real difference to health and care in your area and across Wales?
 
Bevan Advocates are members of the public – patients, carers and volunteers - who provide insights into the real, lived experiences of health and care to help us transform the NHS.

If you join us, you can help to influence health and care policy and practice, share your views through blog posts and films and capture ideas from your family, friends and communities.

In return, we offer skills development and training workshops, along with  networking events

How to become a Bevan Advocate

What kind of things do Bevan Advocates do?

  • Talk to people in their community about health and care
  • Gather and share information about prudent healthcare
  • Help to influence and inform actions and behaviours
  • Learn about other people’s views, experiences and ideas about healthcare
  • Capture experiences and stories using a range of formats to share with the Bevan Commission and others
  • Present to a variety of groups and networks

Provide public input to the Bevan Commission and its work

  • Write opinion pieces for the Bevan Commission website - read these from Sylvia, Barbara and Jules
  • Comment on Bevan Commission documents
  • Comment on external policy documents and reports to contribute to the Bevan Commission’s response
  • Attend focus groups
  • Propose innovative solutions and ideas

Network with others

  • Meet up as a group of Bevan Advocates to share ideas
  • Meet with NHS staff and others at Bevan Commission academy events

What do the Bevan Advocates get out of the scheme?

Bevan Advocates will be able to develop:

  • Links with communities and groups
  • Listening and other communication skills
  • Insights into experiences of healthcare
  • Ideas for improving local healthcare services

Opportunities for Bevan Advocates include:

  • Linking with a range of people with similar interests
  • Taking part in local meetings and workshops
  • Attending regional and national events and conferences

Download the Bevan Advocates Application Form

 

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