Rebecca is Head of Policy at National Voices. She is responsible for influencing key decision-makers across the health agencies. She works to embed person-centred healthcare and to ensure our members’ experiences and concerns shape policies. Her experiences span policy and campaigns work and academic research. Prior to joining National Voices, she worked at Maternity Action and co-chaired the Maternity Voices Partnership at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. She also co-founded the successful Campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Oxford.
Sarah Sweeney joins National Voices in the role of Head of Policy as maternity cover for Rebecca Steinfeld. Sarah has a wealth of experience in policy, campaigning, research and community development. She is passionate about tackling health inequalities and finding common cause between diverse groups of people to make health and care services more inclusive. Prior to joining National Voices, Sarah led the campaigns and health policy influencing work of Friends, Families and Travellers, the UK’s largest charity working to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.
Keymn co-leads our work improving mechanisms for patient engagement. She was a founding member of our Voices for Improvement Advisory Group, which supports the Voices for Improvement project. Keymn has devoted her life to be a carer for her mum and has worked with Solihull Council, as a director of Peer Partnership CIC, and as a member of the Expo Panel. She has also worked with the Coalition for Collaborative Care, the Patient Online Advisory Group and the ADASS Peer challenges and has been a National Champion for the Royal College of GPs.
Over time she has built up her experience in the sector, which has enabled her to work for NHS England as a Lived Experience advisor on the Personalised Care Group 2017-18 and then moving into freelance work setting up, mentoring and leading My Life Choices strategic co-production group in Nottinghamshire.
Ella graduated from Bristol University last summer and joined National Voices through the Charityworks graduate scheme in November 2019. She supports our membership by learning about their work and sharing ours; providing membership administration; organising events and much more. She is also working with Rachel on our new collaborative project with the Health Foundation on patient experience that will kick off in April.