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Anya De Longh named as one of the country's top patient leaders in Health Service Journal Awards

8 July 2015

Already named one of our Rising Stars, the judging panel was clear that Anya should also be selected as one of our Patient Leaders. A former medical student, she was forced to end her studies following a diagnosis of several long term neurological conditions.

She is keen to emphasise the important role patients can play in shaping care: “Although the knowledge and skills and expertise I’ve learnt as a patient means I don’t have half the alphabet after my name, it’s not to say it’s any less valuable than the experience people gain from a clinical or professional background,” she argues.

Judges’ comments: “She’s exactly the sort of person we need to recognise."

Anya is one of the patient champions for research here at NIHR CLAHRC Wessex and has been a driving force behind great involvement of patients and the public in advising and influencing the applied health research agenda.



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