Interview: Ade Adeagbo, Interim CEO of National Voices
Thursday 15 October 2009
What is National Voices?
National Voices was created to bridge the gap between policy
makers and health and social care service users. It has a broad and
diverse membership of voluntary sector organisations and aims to
ensure that the needs of those affected by government policy are
fully integrated in policy development. We have also established a
service user panel that is representative of people with a variety
of conditions, which informs the organisation's policy.
Why is it important for patient voices to be heard?
We believe that user involvement is vital for all modern public
services because it provides a mechanism for holding public
services to account. Success in health and social care cannot be
achieved without a link between the services and the citizens that
How is National Voices engaging children and young people?
National Voices and NCB will hold an event this month to learn
about the experiences, wishes and views of young people in shaping
health policy, to obtain young people's ideas about how National
Voices could involve young people effectively in their work, to
demonstrate to National Voices how young people can be consulted
about key areas of health and social care policy, and to hear young
people's views on the issues raised in the Big Care Debate. It will
involve young people sharing their own experiences in shaping
health policy, and informing us of what is needed to help more
young people get involved.
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For further information visit http://www.nationalvoices.org.uk/.
To learn more about the joint NCB/National Voices event, contact