The panel will meet monthly to help shape and review projects commissioned by the CCG. To become a member of the People’s Panel, you must be 16 or over and live or work in Fylde or Wyre. Full training will be provided.
Fylde and Wyre CCG’s People’s Panel is a new initiative and one that NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG lay member for engagement Kevin Toole is excited to introduce. He said: “The CCG is committed to putting the views of the patient at the very heart of decision making about how health care is provided. Engagement is not simply listening and talking, but is about forging trusting and sustainable relationships with groups and individuals.
“We are continually looking to improve our ability to share information with people, gather people’s views and enable residents to directly influence our work and the way we are run.”
Each month the panel will hear about a specific health service that the CCG has been involved with. The panel will then come together to form constructive feedback for the CCG to acknowledge, which will form part of a written report.
Kevin added: “Feedback, good and bad, is critical in helping to shape healthcare here in Fylde and Wyre.”
NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG is responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. We are led by family doctors (GPs) and serve a population of around 152,000 people.
For more information about the People’s Panel and to sign up, please click here.
Photograph: Kevin Toole, lay member for engagement
Notes to editors:
- NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
- Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
- The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
- Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
- The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
- There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
- For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk