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Citizens’ Panel

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Understanding the lived experience of diverse communities is key to our evidence centre.

Our Citizens’ Panel is a group of community members and carers with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences of long-term health conditions, such as respiratory diseases (e.g. COPD, asthma), mental health disorders (e.g. depression), neurological disorders (e.g. dementia, Parkinson’s), or cardiovascular diseases (e.g. coronary heart disease, heart failure).

As experts by experience, the group provide key insights into policy and practice implications.

If you would like to find out more or are interested in joining, please get in touch.

Patient perspectives

Navigating self-referrals to mental health services

In this blog, one of our Citizen Panel members reflects on their experience of using self-referral for seeking mental health care.

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The path to recovery: The crucial role of my GP in overcoming schizophrenia post brain haemorrhage

In this blog, a member of our Citizens’ Panel highlights the pivotal role of a dedicated GP in guiding their recovery from a life-changing condition. They emphasise the transformative impact of compassionate healthcare and support in navigating both physical and mental health challenges.

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Citizens’ Panel co-chairs

  • Craig Donohoe

    Craig Donohoe

    Craig is a service user, carer, people participant, and expert by experience from Luton.

  • Joanna Moonesinghe

    Joanna Moonesinghe

  • Satwinder Kaur

    Satwinder Kaur

  • Steve Howe

    Steve Howe

    Steve previously worked a 35 year career (13 as a Service Competence Assurance Controller) for TfL. He contracted COVID-19 in the 1st wave and is still engaging with support services. He is now dedicated to helping support the NHS and other services in providing a world class service for its users.