As I am sure most of you will have seen #Backpainuk has been nominated for an award from WEGO Health which was a lovely surprise for me and then I was told I am in the last three. Today is the last day for anyone to vote for you and Mike Dilke from UK Health Radio had a chat to Wego about this on his podcast this week. His other guests are a personal trainer and yoga teacher who give some tips to help us counteract a sedentary lifestyle.

WEGO Health explains all about their network of patient leaders of which I am one but this is open for anyone who writes/blogs/teaches/caregivers about their own or a particular health problem.  Their Patient Leader Network includes more than 100k patients and caregivers, across virtually all health conditions and topics. It’s comprised of health advocates, influencers and experts ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise.

WEGO Health is committed to elevating the voice and visibility of Patient Leaders and offers their network members exclusive invitations to paid market research opportunities, freelance consulting projects, and empowering resources – to name a few. With access to paid opportunities and exclusive resources, together with their members, they aim to help solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

To join WEGO Health

Step One – Join Their Network

The first thing you should do is join their network!  

By joining their network, you are in their system for when they have an opportunity (like a survey, Truvio study or Community Insight Group) that matches your condition area. If they have an opportunity that they think is perfect for you, they will reach out to see if you’re available to participate. Most of these opportunities are paid. It’s important to keep this profile up to date with your most current info so that they can get in contact with you for opportunities, so if any of your information changes be sure to come back and update it.

Step Two – Create and promote your social feeds

Most of their patient leaders have created their networks and communities by using different forms of social media. This is arguably the most important way for you to spread the word of your advocacy work!

Step Three – Stay Connected to WEGO Health

Blog for them!

If you’d like to write a post for the WEGO Health blog, they say they would be happy to have you! They are looking for great stories about people overcoming obstacles and tackling health activism.  They are also looking for people to share the nitty-gritty of health activism, like how to start a blog, how to use social media for activism, or how to use a hashtag!

Make a Short Video!
Help them tell the world why advocacy is so important! Make a 1-minute video telling them why being a patient leader is so important to you! No need to be fancy, a cellphone video is just fine but film it horizontally.

Send Them Your Photo!
Patients and caregivers really love seeing the faces of people who are trying to make a change. Send them your photo and a 1-2 sentence bio about who you are and what you’re trying to do. They can use this to feature you on their Instagram and Twitter feeds! Be sure to include important URLs that they can share so patients will know how to get in contact with you.

If you’re interested in ANY of the above opportunities, send them an email and let them know! You can catch them at community@wegohealth.com.

Step Four – Reach Out to Us!

After you sign up for their network and build your social following, reach out to them so they can work on the items in Step Three and keep you involved with WEGO Health!


WEGO Health Experts


Endorsements are now open for the Wego Health Awards.

If you missed my last post I was excited to announce that I have been nominated and shortlisted for the WEGO Health Best Chronic Illness & Illness Recovery Blog Award in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network. The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities – but often without recognition.

This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored and I’m now looking to my incredibly supportive network to help endorse me for this award. There are two easy ways to endorse that only take seconds of your time!
1) You can click on my endorsement badge located on the right-hand side of this page.
2) Click here to be taken to my WEGO Health Awards profile where you can click “Endorse” under my nominee photo

If I have ever supported you, made you laugh, or inspired you to keep fighting – please consider endorsing me for this award



Wego Health Awards...

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills and insights of Patient Leaders.

They are the world’s largest network of over 100k Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Their network collaborates with pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, agencies, consultancies, startups and all types of organizations across healthcare.

WEGO Health offers enterprise and on-demand solutions that allow organizations to leverage the patient experience and expertise in the design, development and promotion of their products and services.

Nominate the exceptional patient advocates, influencers and experts who make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. They say it is an honour just to be nominated, but they think the honour is all in the nominating itself!

After being nominated, connect with others in their Patient Leader Network:

  • Nominate another Patient Leader
  • Share your nomination with your network and urge them to nominate
  • During the endorsements period, endorse the Patient Leaders you’d like to see recognized

Join them and help celebrate the inspiring and impactful nominees. Feel good while honoring these Patient Leaders and then join in on the festivities.

I feel honoured to be nominated for Best in Blog Show and Best in Show Twitter. If you know someone who deserves any of the awards at WEGO Health then pop down to their website and nominate someone and make their day.