People living in Fylde and Wyre have been invited to join an influential panel that helps shape health services across the area.
The NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ‘Influence Panel’ is looking to grow its membership to offer people in the area a real say in how their local NHS services operate.
The Panel has been running for two years and has so far helped the CCG as it looks to ensure the best possible services are being commissioned for patients across its area.
Over the past year, Influence Panel members have helped the CCG in the development of strategies around cancer, self-care and end of life care, Pharmacy+ Clinics, antibiotics awareness campaigns and public engagement.
Nick Milne, from St Annes, has been a member of the Panel for two years and has acted as chair at a number of meetings.
Mr Milne said: “Our local CCG, to its credit, places a real emphasis on public engagement and it has been really pleasing to see them truly embracing some of the suggestions and observations we have made during the panel meetings.
“They are a great way to keep up-to-date with all that is going on in the local NHS and it is a way for members of the public to make sure their voices are heard when key decisions are made.
“We will all need to use our local health services at some point in our lives and I would urge everybody to register an interest in joining the Influence Panel.”[/column][column]
Kevin Toole, CCG Governing Body lay member for patient and public engagement, said: “The Influence Panel has already been instrumental in helping us to design new and innovative services that are now benefitting the people of Fylde and Wyre.
“It has been very pleasing to see this group of people come together and give us some great feedback, suggestions for changes and observations on planned services.
“We really appreciate the work of our existing Influence Panel members but to ensure we have as broad a spectrum of people helping to shape our services we would love to bring in some new faces.
“We would really like to have more input from younger people, especially young mums, as these are really valuable voices that so often go unheard.”
Anyone wishing to join the Influence Panel must be a member of the CCG’s Influence membership scheme.
The Influence membership scheme is free to join and helps the CCG to stay in touch with local people.
Those who register receive occasional email messages and news releases about new services and other developments in local healthcare, as well as an opportunity to have your say by receiving invites to take part in surveys or focus groups.
- 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 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.