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
- Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can talk through your ideas, discuss any queries you may have and find out if the scheme is for you.
- Once you are happy, download and fill in the application form and send it to the Bevan Commission.
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