About the PEG

The Our Dorset Public Engagement Group (PEG) was formed in 2017.

The PEG is made up of 25 local people who have a wealth of lived experience across Dorset’s geography, demography and diversity.

The key role of the PEG is to provide advice, guidance and challenge on public engagement that is being planned across the system, to ensure that Dorset informs and involves local people when developing and delivering future health and care services in an appropriate and proportionate way.

Members meet bi-monthly on Zoom and an annual face-to-face meeting is hosted in the summer.

Join the PEG

We are currently looking for people to join the PEG.

Membership is reviewed every three years. If you would like to find out more and get involved, please contact communication@nhsdorset.nhs.uk or follow the link below to find out how to express your interest.

Meet the PEG

Ian Gall

What impresses me most about the PEG is the willingness and enthusiasm of our members to continue to be involved and engaged and to offer such rich and valuable insights and experience for the benefit of the health and social care landscape in Dorset.

Jack Welch

The PEG continues to play a critical role to independently voice the questions and challenges which, as members of the public, we hope represent the wider Dorset community, and aim to improve the outcomes of health and social care across the county.

Mike Fletcher

 The NHS is a key institution in modern Britain. Its future development, hand in hand with delivering social care, crucially requires patient involvement. The PEG is a genuine forum for the patient voice to be heard in the shaping of health and social services.

Eric Fisher

I believe in the health and social care community being joined up, so that the patient pathway is as seamless as possible, bringing high sustainable quality of care that is accessible to all. The PEG helps promote this.

Belinda Quinn

It is a privilege to work with and learn from the PEG and partners to build on and improve services, ensuring effective engagement to put people at the centre of health and social care decisions across Dorset.

Paul Everall

Having nearly died from meningitis in 1955, I was delighted to join the PEG to feed in my experiences and to try and ensure that the patient voice is heard at a time of great change in and many challenges for the NHS.

Mark Hebditch

I have found involvement in PPEG and PEG extremely interesting and stimulating and I feel privileged to be a patient voice at a time of exciting and far-reaching change.

Becky Varndell

I am delighted to be a member of the PEG, acting as a conduit to the Dorset Youth Representatives Group and importantly representing the voice of young people.

Caroline Barnes

I hope I bring a broad experience of the value and power of creativity to support wellbeing as well as improving health environments.

Gavin Maxwell

I strongly support the integration of the user and provider voices in our current local decision-making processes.

Jan Sayers

I am very committed to the continued development of excellent local health services.

Marion Burgess

I am learning so much within the PEG. This group is so friendly and very engaging to everyone who attends, including guests.

Pam Grant

By sharing resources more equally between health and social care all sectors of our community could benefit. I anticipate that the new integrated care organisations will surely achieve this.

Roger Marsh

I feel that although I have never worked within the health service, my involvement with patient groups in the local community allows me to contribute within the PEG from the patients’ point of view.

Sue Howshall

I am keen for truly a national health service, with equal access to all. I enjoy the PEG/DPEG meetings; they are never dull. I feel that we are listened to and that our opinions are taken into account.

Susan Cowsill

I absolutely believe that all people in Dorset, regardless of personal circumstances or background, should have equal access, equal experience, and equal outcomes from our health and social care services.

Michael Hurst

I owe my life to the NHS. My interest in it and its workings are immense, which makes me proud to be a member of such a well organised group.

Scottie Gregory

Peter Coghlan

Being a member of the PEG and providing a patient perspective for the NHS in Dorset has been a privilege, especially during the pandemic with the rapid changes required to help patients, their carers and families through traumatic times. I believe the PEG has added significant value for the NHS and the people of Dorset, and I look forward to its further development and involvement over the coming years.

Nicky Murdoch

The public and patient voice is vital to getting the right services for patients and their families, and if it is not delivering what matters to them it is not delivering for anyone; patients, providers or the public. The PEG has a key role to play in the delivery of the integrated care system and the ICB as part of the collaborative partnership.

Jim McMahon

What excites me most about the PEG is that we have a rich pool of knowledgeable, talented and enthusiastic members who, as a group of public representatives, share the responsibility of building a healthcare system we are proud of in Dorset.

Sue Watson

Irene Miller

Jane McKaigg

Catherine Eden