Get Involved in Your Care
Patient representation plays a crucial part in helping the CCG to plan its services and, at a more local level, allows GPs to shape their services and understand what their patients want. NHS England tells us that supporting patients to be actively involved in their own care, treatment and support can improve outcomes and experience for patients, and potentially yield efficiency savings for the system through more personalised commissioning and supporting people to stay well and manage their own conditions better.
It is important that in future we have a partnership between clinicians and patients as we decide how best to provide high-quality services, bearing in mind the economic position the country is in at present. CCGs have many ways in which they seek public opinion. This may be through local authority Area Action Partnerships, through groups representing specific areas such as mental health or children’s services, or through our annual Commissioning Priorities events.
We may also, as part of a big consultation such as the recent Urgent Care consultation, arrange specific events to seek the public view, and we also work with our partners in the local authority to have input into their regular public engagement events. We love hearing from patients who want to be more involved in shaping their care in our region, so there are a few events we would like you to know about so you can come along.
We are looking at stroke services in County Durham at the moment and are working with Heathwatch to gather views from patients and carers. You can help us do so by contributing to the survey on our website, giving your feedback by contacting Healthwatch on Freephone 0800 3047039, texting 0775 6654218 or emailing email@example.com.
You are also invited to attend Healthwatch events on:
- Thursday, September 21, in Chester-leStreet
- Wednesday, September 27, in Stanley
- Wednesday, October 4, in Peterlee
- Tuesday, October 10, in Tudhoe.
For details about these events contact Healthwatch on Freephone 0800 3047039.
You are also invited to attend two other events in our region:
Commissioning Priorities event on October 12 from 11am at Spennymoor Town Hall.
Please register your interest by calling 0191 3713222.
Governing Body meeting on September 19 at Durham Indoor Bowling Centre.
More details can be found on www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk