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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.

Patient and public involvement is vital to the success of the CLAHRC.

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