Conference 20/04/2015

Conference 20/04/2015
April 20, 2015 Lee Stoker

This conference introduced the Staffordshire Neurological Advocacy Project (SNAP) and continued our recognition of best practice in Staffordshire with the presentation of 3 more “Best of Staffordshire Awards. These awards went to:

  • Royal Stoke University Hospital Radiotherapy Unit
  • Dr Christopher Plowman, Consultant Neuropsychologist Tamworth
  • Andrew Donald and Stafford and Surrounds CCG for their cooperation in jointly launching SNAP

John Morgan, Chair, introduced the day and welcomed our delegates and exhibitors

Steve Searle, Vice Chair, introduced the SNAP programme. Four potential advocates attended and will join us for some initial training on Tuesday 12th May. We hope to recruit at least 12 people in total to increase our consultation capacity and help us with succession planning.   If you know anyone who can help you can find details on our website. Steve’s presentation is on our website.

Andrew Donald, Chief Officer of Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups, talked to us about the importance of patient involvement as customers of services being commissioned and confirmed his commitment and support for the project.

Andrew then presented our Best of Staffordshire (BOS) award to Carolyn O’Donovan Radiotherapy Service Manager at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Carolyn then gave a presentation about the importance of the patient voice in designing services. The presentation is on our website.

Andrew Donald Presents Carolyn O’Donovan with Best of Staffordshire Award

Andrew Donald Presents Carolyn O’Donovan with Best of Staffordshire Award

Pam Bostock, one of our clinician advisers, then accepted a BOS award on behalf of Dr Christopher Plowman for his neuropsychological service. His written response is available on our website.

A surprise award was given to a surprised recipient, Andrew Donald, for the help he and his CCG team have given the SNA in launching our SNAP programme. He undertook to support our future efforts.

Pam Bostock Presents Andrew Donald with a Best of Staffordshire Award

Pam Bostock Presents Andrew Donald with a Best of Staffordshire Award

Nikki Embrey, Nurse Specialist in Multiple Sclerosis talked to us about improving MS services in the County. Her presentation is available on the website.

After an excellent buffet lunch Dr Ian Greaves from Gnosall talked to us about proposals for 24 hour 7 day a week access to GPs in Staffordshire and Shropshire. He gave his commitment to The Staffordshire and Shropshire Federation of GPs to supporting our efforts to improve services.

There was plenty of time for networking and we are grateful to our exhibitors, Healthwatch Staffordshire, MedEquip, Talking Newspaper, and Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Some appreciation from our delegates:

“I have to say I was truly impressed by The Neurological Alliance. The need for strong service user voices is so important, especially in today’s NHS”. – An NHS Manager

“I found the talks very enlightening and I was able to network with some very useful contacts.” – A Charity Manager

Files and presentations from the event

None of this would have been possible without a grant from The Big Lottery, Awards for All, regarding the Staffordshire Neurological Advocacy Programme.


Dr Steve Searle

Vice Chair SNA