The Patients Association: Influence care - Leeds workshop Friday 19 July

Have you been switched from a ‘biological’ medication to a new ‘biosimilar’ drug? 

The Patients Association is hosting a workshop in Leeds on Friday 19 July to learn more about how people who are taking these new medicines can be better supported and to understand how their experiences could be improved. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to shape, influence and co-produce guidance directly with clinicians which will help different types of patients to be better equipped to make decisions and will allow them greater control over their own health and wellbeing.

Biologic medications are usually liquids given via a drip or injection pen. They are often used to treat long-term conditions including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and arthritis, but patients with diabetes and people with some forms of cancer may also be taking biologics. Biosimilar drugs work in the same way and are newer versions of the original biological medications.

If you’ve recently been switched onto a new biosimilar medicine and live in Leeds or the Yorkshire region, we’d love for you to join our workshop on Friday 19 July. The session will run from 10am to 2pm and will explore several themes including:

  • What was your experience and how could have it have been improved?
  • What support would you like to be able to access and how?
  • What tools or guides can be designed to make it a better experience for patients in the future?

Your feedback will help to shape our work, and participants will be invited to return for a second workshop later in the year to review and evaluate progress. Places are limited so please contact anna.shears@patients-association.com for more information and to reserve your place. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.