Enfield CCG appoints a Lay Member for equalities and patient and public engagement

NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed a Lay Member for equalities and patient and public engagement on the Governing Body to lead and champion equalities and patient and public involvement in Enfield.

Kevin Sheridan, a resident of neighbouring Haringey, has successfully been appointed to the role and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. Kevin is currently a consultant in community engagement and development. Previously, he was Director of Community Engagement at the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) at the University of East London for 11 years. While there he led on the development and implementation of community, public, user, and patient or stakeholder engagement for most IHHD projects.  

Prior to working for the University of East London, Kevin worked in the research institute at Imperial College School of Medicine. He coordinated a major research study into the needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents in the London Borough of Westminster (known as the Westminster Ethnic Minorities Needs Assessment). This included large-scale quantitative and qualitative surveys of seven BAME groups (Arab, Bangladeshi, Black African, Black Caribbean, Chinese, Indian and Pakistani).

Kevin has also written articles and reports on community engagement. In 2015, he co-authored a systematic review on the ‘Barriers and Facilitators to Effective Community Engagement in Health’, which was used to develop the current National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for Community Engagement.

Mr Sheridan said: "I am very excited to take up the position as Lay Member for Equalities and Patient and Public Involvement on the Governing Body of Enfield CCG. I hope I can bring my experience of and commitment to public engagement in health to the benefit of the people of Enfield."

The role of lay representative is responsible for ensuring that the Governing Body and the wider CCG acts in the best interests with regard to the health of the local population and that the CCG has appropriate arrangements in place to secure public and patient involvement. The Lay Member also acts as the CCG’s equality and diversity lead and chairs the Patient and Public Engagement Committee, a sub-committee of the CCG Governing Body.

Kevin formally commenced in the role from 2 January 2019. Teri Okoro, the previous lay Member for Equalities and Patient and Public Engagement, completed her term on 31 December 2018. The term of office is for a three year period.

Dr Mo Abedi, local GP and Chair of NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of the new Lay Member for Equalities and Patient and Public Engagement and welcome Kevin to Enfield CCG. We are committed to involving patients and the public in shaping local NHS services. This role plays a key part in ensuring the views of the local population are heard and the interests of patients and the community remain at the heart of CCG decision making. We are confident that Kevin’s experience in community engagement will add considerable value to the work of Enfield CCG.”