Your local health services are asking you to ‘Join the Conversation’ on how services are designed and improved.
NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the part of the NHS that plans and funds the majority of health services provided to 235,000 people registered with GP practices in Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Yateley and surrounding areas.
In recent years the CCG has expanded the ways it works with local people to try to ensure all sections of the community are involved and their views are heard.
Dr Peter Bibawy, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “We know from our experience that by including the views of local people in the way we develop services we get better results.
“We have come a long way from the days of services being created by clinicians and managers and then provided to people. Today it is very much the case that we look to work with our population to create the services that they tell us they need.
“We have been expanding the ways in which we work with local people and I urge anyone within the area we serve to look at the different ways of sharing their thoughts on health services to see whether they can contribute, to join the conversation in a way that suits them.”
Among the methods of working with the CCG are:
- The Community Ambassador programme: Local people of all walks of life who volunteer to help in whichever way they can, from attending meetings to reviewing documents or gathering patient views.
- Attending the CCG’s public meetings, including its Annual General Meeting, Community Forums and Governing Body meetings in public.
- Being part of the Innovation Conference: Local people or groups are able to bid for small amounts of funding for schemes to improve their community’s health and wellbeing.
- Joining United Communities – a quarterly meeting focused on mental health, where patients, carers, community groups, charities and health staff share ideas, build awareness and influence decisions.
- Following and interacting with the CCG on social media.
- Contacting the CCG with specific ideas, questions or concerns.
All of the above groups or meetings are free to attend. The CCG also holds specific engagement events for particular programmes and may ask that people register for them – at no cost.