Knight nominates local champion for NHS award

Local MP Julian Knight has put forward a longstanding Solihull patients’ champion for the NHS70 ‘health heroes’ awards. He has nominated Peter Brown for the ‘Patient and Public Involvement Award’.

Peter has served as Service User Governor on the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust since 2007. In this unpaid role he attends meetings of the Trust’s Council of Governors and its Board, as well as representing service users in job interviews for senior positions.

This work makes a real impact on the day-to-day work of the Trust. Peter led the way in calling for a review and reduction of the use of patient restraints, and our local NHS services have already made huge strides on an issue which is now the focus of major national attention.

Beyond his work with Trust, Peter is also the Chair of Solihull Mind, the local information and advice service for residents with mental health problems.

Commenting on the nomination, Julian Knight said:

“Peter Brown has shown extraordinary dedication to ensuring that local people facing mental health challenges have the care they need and deserve. He provides a powerful voice for patients inside our local NHS and, through Solihull Mind, an essential resources for residents too.

“Solihull is the town it is because of its amazing volunteer spirit, and I’m always glad of any opportunity to give a local champion the recognition they deserve.”

To learn more about the NHS70 awards, visit their website at www.nhs70awards.co.uk.