Learning how to work better together in partnership – Wed 26 May 2021 – Online Resilience Forum

Learning how to work better together in partnership – Wed 26 May 2021 – Online Resilience Forum

Topic  Learning how to work better together in partnership – Debbie Hatfield & Jessie Cunnett

Date  Wednesday 26 May 2021

Time 16:00 – 17:30

Location Online (please arrive in the online platform 5 minutes prior)

The Resilience Forum is for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research

Session Summary

Covid-19 has impacted many aspects of our lives including the timing of and access to health and care services. This can be especially important when you or a family member has ongoing needs and/or a ‘long-term condition’. Learning to cope often makes you an expert by experience yet ‘the system’ can still seem to work against you as history illustrates.

In February 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care published a White Paper Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all but it has attracted criticism for its failure to articulate a meaningful role for patients, (Patients-association.org.uk).

In this session, Debbie and Jessie will share what inspires their patient and public involvement (PPI) work and passion for co-production in health and social care. A brief overview of Debbie’s PhD findings (pre-pandemic) will be followed by examples from Jessie’s work at Traverse Ltd during the pandemic. Then, there will be opportunity to get talking about what matters in the post Covid era and what is valued in community engagement for deciding on and leading services. Come and join the conversation!


Debbie Hatfield – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Brighton 
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Debbie is postdoctoral fellow at the University of Brighton funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. She is a nurse and former lecturer. Her PhD, which she completed in 2019, looked at involving patients and the public in choosing and buying health and care services. Now working under Angie Hart’s mentorship, she is exploring how these types of decisions on behalf of communities can be co-produced with professionals to encourage peer learning and resilient relationship.

Jessie Cunnett – Traverse’s health and social care practice

Jessie leads Traverse’s health and social care practice. An innovative leader with over 20 years’ experience in the health and care sector leading high profile and politically complex organisational and cultural change. Jessie’s work has focused on developing shared leadership approaches that facilitate and enable all those involved in the process of health and care to be respected for the part they play, specifically working with patients and the public and those who have traditionally been excluded. Prior to joining Traverse Jessie was Head of Public Support at the Nursing & Midwifery Council and before that Director of Patient and Public Involvement Solutions. Jessie has also been Area Director for the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health and is a visiting lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School teaching on a number of modules across their MSc in Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning.

Who might be most interested 
Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, carers, community workers, service users, people with lived experience of NHS patient and public engagement and involvement.

Useful Reading

Blog: How can patients, the public and health professionals work better together?

Blog: The Doctor Will Zoom You Now

Blog: Coproduction in health and care research

Blog: Making a LEAP


You can find our jargon busting sheet here

Additional terms:
PPEI = Patient and public engagement and involvement 
PPI = Patient and public involvement (PPI)

Access Information  
The forum will be held online on Microsoft Teams. Please arrive in the online platform 5 minutes prior. An email with instructions will be sent out the day before the event. We have chosen this platform as it appears to be more secure and transparent in its data practices than many others. Please see our privacy statement for more information about Microsoft Teams terms and conditions.

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