Patient Expert Partner, UK
Trishna Bharadia is a UK-based multi-award winning international health advocate, patient engagement champion and key opinion leader.
She lives with several chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis (MS). She works with multiple stakeholders nationally and internationally, including industry, charities/patient associations, non-profits, clinicians and healthcare systems to get the patient voice heard louder, stronger and more effectively throughout the healthcare journey. She is a public speaker; writer; media spokesperson; co-creator and reviewer of content, information, services and clinical trial/research study documents; and she offers consultancy to stakeholders on patient engagement and diversity issues (particularly engaging with Asian communities), including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Macmillan Cancer and Plymouth University Nursing School.
She is a Patron/Ambassador for various health- and disability-related organisations, including MS Society UK, ParaDance UK, ADD International, Lyfebulb, Cambridge MS Therapy Centre and Chilterns MS Centre. She also sits on the committee for Asian MS and is a steering group member for MS In the 21stCentury (Merck) and the START dementia study (University College London), as well as sitting on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Reference Group at MS Society UK. She is also a public reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research.
In 2015, Trishna’s advocacy work led her to being chosen to appear on popular BBC1 television show Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars), raising the public profile of MS and chronic illness in the UK. Her work has taken her to or involved organisations from across Europe and North America. She has also spoken at 10 Downing Street on engagement and the future of volunteering in the MS community.
She received a BA honours degree in European Studies and Spanish from the University of Manchester and works as an in-house translator and analyst for a business intelligence company.
Awards include: Points of Light (UK Prime Minister’s Office), “Woman of the Year” (Asian Achievers Awards 2018), Eyeforpharma European Patient Advocate Award 2018, University of Manchester Outstanding Alumni Award 2019, We Are The City Top 100 Rising Stars Award 2017, Woman of Achievement 2015 (Women of the Year Foundation), Southern Women of Achievement Award 2015 (Sue Ryder) and MS Society Volunteer of the Year 2013.