Jonathon Hope: how should patients be involved in their care in future?

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  • Posted:Thursday 11 April 2013

Jonathon Hope gives a personal account of how his quality of life improved as he became more involved with his own care. He explains that nurturing patients, and encouraging them to get involved with their treatment and care, can also help the health workforce to redesign services with patients in mind.

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Nigel Fenner

Founder and Director,
SEMPA CIC (or Supporting Employers Managing PAs)
Comment date
23 July 2014
I welcome and am encouraged by Jonathon's views and experiences of getting patients much more involved as change managers, and teachers and developing them in these roles through a national institute. I hope such an institute would nourish and support a Guild of employers of PAs (recently established by SEMPA) given there are currently 200,000 disabled and elderly people who employ their own carers / PAs so enabling them to live in their own homes. They are unsupported, their work is largely unregulated and they have no resource - however they are a fantastic resource that would help to develop Jonathon's excellent ideas.

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