The PM Society is pleased to announce that Sumira Riaz will join Christine Buggle as Co-Chair of the Patient Engagement Interest Group in 2024.

Sumira has been a Chartered Health Psychologist & Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for the last 15 years and working as a Patient Engagement Lead at OPEN Health for the last 7 years. Her interest and passion has focused on behavioural science and how attribute modelling using health psychology models can further enhance our knowledge of how to support patients/caregivers more effectively- personalising support based on patient preferences vs a top-down approach.

Sumira joined the Patient Engagement Interest Group (PEIG) five years ago and has been a valued group member.

We spoke to Sumira on why she decided to join Christine to co-chair this Interest Group and how she feels about taking on this position: “I’ve always been excited about making a difference small or big; engaging with the PEIG has offered a brilliant platform to collaborate with likeminded colleagues across the industry. In a co-chairing capacity I can support Christine to drive the strategic vision in this space and elevate the great work being done in patient engagement”.

To find out more about the PM Society’s Patient Engagement Interest Group, please click here.


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