Patients get involved at launch event

Local people got up to speed on the work of the local NHS and how they can get involved, at a celebratory event last week.

Patient champions were on hand at the launch of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Patient Cabinet last week, to tell local people about their commitment to involve and engage them and to make a difference to health services locally. 

The event kicked off with a short presentation from David McCann, Chair of the Patient Cabinet. He explained the role of the Patient Cabinet within the CCG and how it aims to make a difference by involving and engaging local communities on issues around the planning and purchasing of health services.  

The Patient Cabinet aims to ensure that the views of local people are placed at the heart of the CCG’s work and that they have a chance to actively participate in consultations and service planning.  

It is a formal sub-committee of the CCG Board and has an important voice in relation to the decisions made by the CCG, linking closely with the Clinical Cabinet, which means patient representatives and clinicians buddy up on various work areas.

At the event, local GP and CCG Board member Dr Audrey Gibson talked about the importance of involving patients in the work of the CCG at every stage, and ensuring that feedback is taken into account when planning and developing services. She encouraged members of the public to get involved in the work of the CCG to ensure that services meet their needs.

Attendees received two presentations about projects Patient Cabinet members are involved in locally. 

Patient Cabinet member Doug Gavin introduced an up and coming pilot project which aims to improve access to GP services in Radcliffe.  The pilot will mean that patients will have access to bookable GP appointments seven days a week, and will also involve closer working between health and social care services.  

A second presentation focussed on a project which Patient Cabinet member Atta Hanfi is involved in.  Known as Apna Health, this is a health promotion programme aimed at improving access to services for black, minority and ethnic (BME) communities.  The programme aims to improve health and wellbeing through promoting exercise and health education.

The launch event gave local people the opportunity to tell the CCG how they felt improvements could be made in how they are involved and engaged.  Groups of local people and Patient Cabinet members discussed barriers to involvement and engagement, and how these could be overcome.

David McCann, Chair of the Patient Cabinet said: “Through the Patient Cabinet we aim to ensure meaningful involvement and engagement with local patients and communities, ensuring that patients have a chance to actively participate in how health services are organised and have their say.”

 “The launch gave us the chance to raise the profile of the Cabinet by showcasing real examples of how members are making a difference within the community.  It was also a chance for us to get feedback from local people about how they feel we can improve how we involve and engage local communities and to encourage them to get involved in the work of the CCG.”

For information on how to get involved visit: www.buryccg.nhs.uk  

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Date: 22 October 2013

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