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Current Engagement

Our new approach to public engagement

The new approach to engagement and participation has 10 engagement channels, each one representing a group with its own specific needs and interests. They make up the CCG’s engagement and participation approach.

The current engagement channels are:

 

These groups have been determined based on the gap analysis which was carried out by the Community Engagement and Participation Officer. Their purpose is to strengthen existing networks and develop new ones to support the population of Eastern Cheshire to get involved with their healthcare, encouraging co-production wherever possible.

The number of engagement channels will be reviewed periodically, allowing us to meet the needs of the population that the CCG represents. If there is a gap - there is an opportunity to add new engagement channels to meet any needs that might arise. There are many groups that may have needs that we have not yet engaged with. These groups would not necessarily need their own engagement channel but they may want to decide which, in any, of the other 10 engagement channels they would fit best within.

Since June 2018...

  • We have a wider representation of the population across Eastern Cheshire, and people from more diverse backgrounds are involved in their healthcare.
  • Engagement and participation is the way we do things and is not seen as an extra, an add-on or a tick box.
  • The numbers of people who are actively participating and engaging with the CCG has increased.
  • Campaign awareness is much improved, including the promotion of self-care and choosing well in its various forms.
  • The engagement channels can express their views, feel heard and be actively involved in decisions that affect their lives. 
  • The engagement channels know the outcomes of their involvement.

 

We hope that the successes of this approach will be clear to see through...

  • External inspections and reviews reflecting that the voice represented at the CCG is that of the whole population, including seldom-heard groups and those with protected characteristics.
  • The engagement channels' ability to see their views reflected in products including commissioning decisions, strategy, projects and reports.
  • The Cheshire East health summary results for each of the health indicators improving, working towards ‘a significantly better that England average’ across the board.

For more information, call communications manager Charles Malkin or engagement and involvement officer Julia Hulland-Vernon on 01625 663824. Alternatively, you can email them as follows: c.malkin@nhs.net or julia.hulland-vernon@nhs.net.