Our Community Forum enables conversations between local decision makers and local people, providing a feedback channel to the Clinical Commissioning Group and back to our community on issues relating to local health services, in particular where these affect communities in Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet and Yateley.
The forum also tests ideas for engagement, is a place to evaluate the effectiveness of our engagement and communications activity. It also provides space for networking and sharing across organisations representing the local community.
The Community Forum is open to anyone but formal invitations are also sent out to local Healthwatch, staff from local provider organisations, local voluntary sector organisations, faith and community groups, ensuring we include young people and children, local authority staff and Patient Participation Groups/Area Patient Group.
Rushmoor Community Conversation
NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Rushmoor Borough Council have joined forces to agree a closer working relationship on the major issues affecting the health and wellbeing of local people.
The announcement was made at the ‘Rushmoor Community Conversation’, an event held at Alderwood School, in Aldershot, on January 21, 2020.
The wider health system – Frimley Health and Care – and the voluntary sector were represented at the event and are supporting the work.
The CCG’s Clinical Chair, Dr Peter Bibawy, and Rushmoor Borough Council Leader, Councillor David Clifford, outlined why the organisations needed to form a joint response to many of the issues affecting local people, in that in many cases no single organisation could tackle the problem alone.
Attendees were given information on the health of the people of Rushmoor and they were asked to discuss what they felt the priorities should be in tackling the major issues, and to look at what resources were available to health and care services.
The issues include the prevalence of certain diseases and health conditions in Rushmoor, such as cardiovascular disease, compared with neighbouring areas, as well as obesity rates, fitness levels and mortality.
Dr Andy Brooks, Clinical Chief Officer of the Frimley Commissioning Collaborative (the three CCGs within Frimley Health and Care), and Fiona Edwards, Lead of Frimley Health and Care, both attended the event and spoke in support of working more closely together to improve local people’s health and wellbeing.
Community Forum January 2019
This edition of the Community Forum focused much of its attention on providing guests with a progress report on the Innovation Conference projects which had been awarded funding in the May 2018 round.
Representatives of the projects attended and spent time at each table, explaining how they had been getting on, including any particular successes or difficulties they had had.
The audience was made up of local people, including Community Ambassadors, the voluntary sector, local authority representatives and CCG staff, all bringing different perspectives and experience to the occasion and all able to use this to continue to help and guide the project leads in their ongoing work.
The Forum was also used as an opportunity to introduce partners to Join the Conversation, the CCG's new engagement and communications campaign, bringing together under one banner and one brand the many ways through which the CCG looks to engage with and communicate with local people. The campaign recognises the importance of providing local people with a variety of different ways to contact us and work with us, as the one-size-fits-all approach is unsuitable and inappropriate when working to improve our community's health and wellbeing.
We like to inform, educate and entertain at our events, and on this occasion we invited Rhiannon Hattemore of Hampshire's Deaf Services Team, to come along and give guests a short introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) and to have a go themselves at learning a few letters. Exercises such as this are great at giving people an insight into the lives of others - in this case the deaf community.
Dozens of local people and organisations have met together with the area’s health service commissioners to talk about local health and care services and to see how they can play a role in shaping services for the future.
The North East Hampshire and Farnham Community Forum brought together members of the public and representatives of statutory and voluntary bodies with leading GPs and professionals from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs).
Attendees at the event, at North Hants Golf Club, in Fleet, received information on some of the main developments in local health services before meeting each CCG leader in turn, with the opportunity to ask questions and have conversations with them.
People were also asked to make personal pledges as to what they could do themselves to improve their health and wellbeing, and also what they could do for their communities. The outcomes included a range of promises, from walking and cycling more, cutting out sugar from diets, to launching a wellbeing programme at work and linking up with other voluntary sector organisations.
Dr Peter Bibawy, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “It is a real privilege to be able to serve local people and we want to have real conversations with the people who use local service giving our local community ownership of their health and care. Judging by the passion and energy that was in the room at the event, there is a lot of desire from local people to play a central role, and for a health service commissioner and a local GP that is very exciting.”
You can see an overview of the projects here.
Thank you to all those who came to the Community Forum on Wednesday (November 21). It was great to see you all there and we have had some really good feedback from participants. Some of you asked if you would be able to get copies of the presentations on the day.
Here they are:
(Dr Martin Ballard)
|The Frimley Health and Care
Integrated Care System
(presentation by Ruth Colburn Jackson)
(presentation by Caroline Martinez)