Patient engagement after the Five Year Forward View: the role of mutual support in the NHS

Reform and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are delighted to host Paul Corrigan and Don Redding to discuss “Patient engagement after the Five Year Forward View: the role of mutual support in the NHS”. The event follows the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s “A Better Life” programme looking at the importance of strong relationships and peer support in improving quality of life for older people with high support needs.

The Five Year Forward View set out a compelling vision of change for the health service. In the face of an ageing population and the rising prevalence of chronic conditions, Simon Stevens described the NHS not as a care and repair service, but as a “social movement”. The NHS must realise the capacity of patients, their families and their communities to actively co-design and co-produce healthcare, not simply receive it. By leveraging the knowledge and commitment of patients to support one another, mutual support initiatives have been shown to improve outcomes and engage patients. However, currently mutual support initiatives operate at the peripheries of healthcare with the NHS yet to fully identify how a healthcare “social movement” could be commissioned in practice. This seminar will explore examples of peer support initiatives in health and social care and the lessons for the NHS. It will consider how peer support can be replicated at pace and scale and the role of commissioners, providers and clinicians in doing so

The breakfast will bring together a group of 18-20 high-level decision-makers and key stakeholders in the debate, including policymakers, practitioners, commissioners and other experts. The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Please be aware that spaces will be limited and attendance will be confirmed by email.


020 7799 6699

21 July 2015
08.30 - 10.00