Patient & Public Interest

We recognise that patient and public interest (PPI) and organisations, should have opportunities to contribute to the development of NOCA audits, guidance, reports and conferences.

  • PPI representatives are core members of the NOCA Governance Board and Audit Governance Committees. We know that-

  • PPI representation at the NOCA Governance Board ensures that the strategic direction of NOCA stays aligned to improving healthcare for all

  • PPI representation enhances the planning, design and implementation of NOCA audits

  • NOCA clinical audits have a greater relevance for people directly affected by recommendations.

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Since its establishment, NOCA has worked to involve Patient and Public Interest (PPI) representatives on the NOCA Governance Board and all audit committees. At present, two PPI representatives sit on the NOCA Governance Board and on each audit committee. PPI representatives include patients, family members, carers and members of the public who help develop clinical audit in a meaningful and informed manner.

Since I joined the NOCA Governance Board in 2017, it has been evident that NOCA is eager to ensure that PPI representatives’ inputs are valued; from a personal perspective, I feel safe expressing my opinions, which is crucial for the successful continued involvement of PPI representatives.

As PPI representatives are independent from NOCA, we are in a position to critically analyse and propose changes to how audit outcomes are reported in a transparent manner. Our commentary in the published clinical reports demonstrates our independence and provides the public with assurance that the aim of each audit is to report on care outcomes and include recommendations for quality improvement.

Brigid Doherty Patient & Public Interest Lead, NOCA

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A patient perspective.

Barbara Egan tells her story of being a former ICU patient and how being an active PPI has benefited her and many others through her work at NOCA and the ICU Steps programme. Barbara is a member of the ICU Audit (adult) Governance Committee

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How we work together

PPI representatives work with NOCA includes national report development, policy development, the NOCA conference design and participation, development of Patient information leaflets, and much more.

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