Patient Outreach Programme in full swing for 2020! Our full programme You can find the calendar of 2020 meeting locations here. Register your interest in attending an event near you here. We've made a strong start Our new Patient Outreach Programme is now in full swing! Meetings have already taken place in Nottingham and Manchester during November and December, with more planned for 2020 in 16 different locations across the UK. The AAT’s Patient Support meetings have been described as a ‘life-line’ by some patients – allowing them to access advice from clinical experts as well as peer support and guidance. The opportunity to meet and chat with others facing the same challenges, living with and having treatment for AA, is proving to be invaluable. After attending the recent Manchester meeting, one patient commented: It was good to hear other people’s stories and talk to people with the same condition. It’s hard for people who are not familiar with AA to understand what we go through. Manchester In Manchester we were joined by Dr Muhammad Saif and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Trina Quillinan from the Manchester Royal Infirmary who were on hand for questions and offered a wealth of knowledge on AA, from diagnosis to treatment. James O’Donnell who received a Bone Marrow Transplant to treat his AA in March 2017 also gave a presentation about his journey back to health, having recently met his donor for the first time. Nottingham Our Nottingham meeting saw a group come together from the city and surrounding areas including Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, to hear from Dr Jennifer Byrne and CNS Helen Hyde from Nottingham City Hospital, about the treatment of AA and self-care during recovery. Susie Hodson from Maggie’s discussed support available in their centres for those with AA, such as help with form filling and wellbeing events. Patients and family members at both events really got a lot out of meeting together to support each other and learn, as Laura Sousa who leads the Patient Outreach Programme says: There is something so powerful about getting patients together. The meetings are really quite a therapeutic experience and there is always something new to learn. As we know too well, AA can be an extremely lonely experience and we hope that this programme will go some way to strengthen the links within our patient community and bring people closer. We may only be a small number of patients, but our needs matter. The AAT’s CEO Grazina Berry commented: The Patient Outreach Programme would not have been possible without a series of successful funding bids secured by the AAT, and we are extremely grateful to have this support behind us. The one magic ingredient to make our meetings a success is patient and family involvement. We hope that as many people as possible will come along, so we have a strong case to say events like these make a positive difference to the lives of those living with AA across Britain. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!