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Five minutes with . . . David Gilbert, patient director

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 06 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3689

A year on from being appointed the first patient director in the NHS, for Sussex Musculoskeletal Partnership (Central), David Gilbert reflects on his role

“The partnership had the insight to make this role part of the executive team, alongside the clinical and managerial directors. They wanted someone who’d experienced a life changing illness or disability. I’m a former mental health service user.

“The role is about having the authority to support patient centred stuff to happen. I oversee work on improving patients’ experiences, patient and public engagement, self management support, and patient facing communication—things usually managed in …

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