Time to get involved with YOUR CCG
Your involvement is invaluable. There are many ways to get involved - here's how
The ethos at NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is that we care passionately about our local NHS and delivering the best quality care for local people. Central to this is listening to patients, carers, local people and organisations to understand local needs and to take their views into account when creating and shaping services to meet local needs: for local people, their families and their friends.
Despite having an established public engagement model, NHS West Essex CCG wanted to explore how we could engage with more people in more innovative ways. After months of research, discussion, extensive channel testing and consultation with a wide range of internal and external partners, we have launched our new approach. There are now many more opportunities for local peoples’ voices to be heard in our decision making – all the way to board level. You personally and collectively, have a richer range of ways to be involved with our decision making and ways to connect with our clinical and non-clinical senior decision makers.
We are now working with a wider range of people - giving voice to people that might not normally engage. Our plans have been endorsed by Healthwatch Essex and are already seeing us co-producing work with local people representing, for example: carers, children and young people, older people, people with long term conditions, people with disabilities, colleagues from the voluntary sector, migrant and ethnic minorities.
One of the ways to get involved is by joining a Patient Forum or Sounding Board. These meetings are an opportunity for local people to find out what’s happening in their local area, share experiences and have a say on how future health and care services improve in the area.