On 15 December 2021 the fabulous PPP team got together for the last time. This wonderful bunch of humans who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to amplifying the voices of those marginalised by the criminal justice system are going their separate ways. The Health and Justice team at NHSE/I London decided to select none of the applicants for the new Patient and Public Voice contract. Instead they are revising the ‘spec’ in the light of Covid 19. This was, of course, a huge disappointment to our tireless representatives.
We were lucky that our planned celebration of their generosity was just before the London lockdown. (unlike the date planned for the staff ending – which to our dismay has still not happened, watch this space – if we are ever allowed to mix households again, we will still make that happen!)
By group consensus we agreed to go to Wagamama, which always has something for everyone. Sadly one of our members was stuck in South Africa for the covid duration, and our own illustrious Mark unavoidably elsewhere. Despite this we made the best of it and managed to laugh and cry the night away. I know I’ll get to work with these stellar individuals again, but for now, this is the end of an era.