Self Care Board member and President of the National Association for Patient Participation has been awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours List (June 15th 2013) for services to healthcare and patient involvement in the NHS.
Dr Wilkie is a social scientist particularly interested in the patient perspective. She has spent much of her working life as a researcher in academic departments of medicine. Research topics included the ethical, social and psychological implications of genetic disease, of HIV and Aids and aspects of changes in prescribing. Patricia helped establish the National Childbirth Trust in Scotland and has worked with many voluntary organisations including the Huntington Chorea Association and the Patients Association.
She established patient groups in several Medical Royal Colleges and was the first lay co-opted member on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and chairman of their lay committee. She has chaired a research ethics committee, has been a lay associate at the GMC, and is an assistant editor of Quality in Primary Care. She was one of the first of two lay members of the Committee on Safety for Medicines and chaired the working group on patient reporting of adverse drug reactions. She is currently a member of several DH committees and Dr Foster Ethics Committee.