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Anya de Longh – Patient leader and self-management coach
Life, as the famous lyric goes, is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. In November 2010, Anya was entering her fourth year of study at University of Cambridge medical school when increasing ill health forced her to cease her work to become a doctor. She subsequently received a diagnosis of a number of long term neurological conditions.
Today, Anya still attends her medical school, but this time as a lecturer. She teaches students about what it is like to be on the other side of the fence. She also shares experiences on her popular blog The Patient Patient, as well as being a self- management coach for the NHS in her home county of Dorset. She adds the accolade of HSJ Rising Star to the Self-Care for Individuals Award she was presented by health charity the College of Medicine.
Judges’ comments: She hasn’t had the visibility she deserves. When presenting at conferences, she is hugely impressive with her ability to articulate what it’s like to live with long term conditions. Very much one to watch.