What we have to say Latest news Our AGM: meet the panel Patients Association members are invited to our 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on Tuesday 8 October between 1.30 and 4.30pm at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA. The event is free to attend and will include updates on our work and information on upcoming projects. We’re also excited to be bringing together a panel of people to share their real-world experience of health and care services. The panel will include Kirit Mistry, a patient with Type 2 diabetes, Cyrilene Cullen who is a carer for her son Fergus, and Yvonne Coghill OBE, Director for Workforce Race Equality in NHS England. You can find out more about the AGM and book your place here, and learn more about the panel below: Meet the panel Cyrilene Cullen Cyrilene is a mum of three children, one of whom has a diagnosis of Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). This is a rare epilepsy syndrome that cannot be cured and does not respond well to treatment. The seizures often impact mental development, in turn leading to learning difficulties, challenging behaviours and other associated traits. Cyrilene has worked as a communications professional in London agencies and in-house. Her son’s diagnosis led to her working in the area of specialist education and care services for people with complex needs. She now works for NHS England and Improvement working in Personalised Care, within the Strategy and Innovation Directorate. Kirit Mistry Kirit lives in the Midlands and is a patient with Type 2 diabetes. Concerned by the lack of culturally sensitive support and information for people from South Asian backgrounds, Kirit set up the Leicestershire South Asian Diabetes Support Group in 2015. Kirit is also a member of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCG Diabetes Delivery Group, and is passionate about the provision of diabetes information in the local communities.Involved in the Patients Association’s work since 2016, Kirit is a champion of person-centred care and is passionate about health and social care being delivered to meet people’s needs, with a particular interest in engaging with people from BAME communities. Kirit also Chair’s his local GP practice’s Patient Participation Group, is Co-Chair and Trustee of National BAME Transplant Alliance and is founder & chair of a South Asian health action charity. Kirit was a carer for his parents, who were living with various long-term conditions including diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE, FRCN, (Hon) Fellow KCL Yvonne is the Deputy President of the Royal College of Nursing and is also Director for Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation in NHS England. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BAME pioneers.Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.She has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list and in December 2017 was included in the HSJ’s top 100 influential leaders list. She was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed to the position of Director for WRES implementation in June 2015. In addition to being elected as Deputy President, Yvonne was also awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing. Can't join us at the AGM? All members are welcome to attend our AGM but if you’re not able to join us, you can vote in our Trustee elections by completing and returning the form on this page to [email protected].Find out more about the Trustee elections here.For the first time, we’ll be live-streaming our AGM for viewers across the UK to watch online from the comfort of their homes. We’ll provide further updates on how you can view the live stream via Weekly News and on social media in due course. If you have any questions about your membership or would like more information about the AGM, email [email protected], or call the office on 020 8423 9111. Please note that booking closes on 3 October. If you have any questions about the AGM or would like more information, email [email protected] or call 020 8423 9111. Book your free place for the event here.