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Anya de Iongh

Anya de Iongh works locally in Dorset, where she lives, and nationally around person-centred approaches to healthcare, focusing on self-management support for people with long term health conditions and patient partnership.

She currently works for a self-management support service for people with long-term conditions in Dorset, providing one to one and group support to people and supporting training and strategic development of the service. This role fits alongside her work at the BMJ as Patient Editor and working with Health Education England on person-centred training resources. Anya has chaired a strategic patient and public involvement group for a CCG-led transformation programme, guest lectured on self-management support at medical schools, and been a PPI Champion for Wessex CLAHRC projects. She has been a keynote speaker at a number of high profile events, and has an active Twitter account (@anyadei).

Her own experience of illness in her early twenties put a stop to her studies at Cambridge University Medical School, and documented much of the experience of being a patient through her blog ( Her work has been recognised through listings on the 2015 HSJ 25 Rising Stars and 2015 HSJ 50 Patient Leader lists.

Competing interests

I have read and understood the BMJ Group policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests:

Current employee of Help & Care, previous employee of Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from August 2017 to Dec 2017 and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust from January 2014 to August 2017

Freelance work with Dorset CCG, Help & Care, Health Education England, Oxford University (NIHR funded), CLARHC Wessex (NIHR funded), Southampton University, Queen Mary University London
Panel Member, National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit (SW)

Speaker at conferences, paid honorarium or travel expenses by HFMA, National Voices, NHS England