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Health Matters - Eastern Cheshire HealthVoice

Health Matters - Eastern Cheshire HealthVoice
06 September 2017

Are you passionate about the NHS? Would you like to get involved in shaping healthcare in Eastern Cheshire? Are you interested in finding out how local health services are planned and bought?

Then why not attend next Thursday’s (14 September) meeting of our HealthVoice patient and carer group in Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB from 1.30pm to 4pm?

HealthVoice meets every eight weeks in venues across Eastern Cheshire and is attended by people from all walks of life. Attendees use their interest in and experience of healthcare to advise the CCG on its plans to improve services. For example, the views of attendees influenced the CCG’s plans to redesign hospital-based stroke services – which are now rated the best in England. And HealthVoice helped write the service specification for the new community-based Talking Therapies service for people with low to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression.

 

HealthVoice isn’t a membership organisation and is open to all. No special qualifications are needed and there’s no need to register beforehand – just turn up on the day.

Being part of HealthVoice will give you a chance to:

  • understand why decisions are made about health services
  • influence local health decisions through representation on CCG working parties, committees and project teams
  • share your experiences of local health services
  • hold the CCG to account as a member of the public.

From November, each meeting will start with a half hour for members of the public to raise any issues about health services in Eastern Cheshire. Meetings will focus on four key areas: finance, primary care, the joining up of health and social care services, and monitoring the performance of service providers. Volunteers will be sought to meet regularly with CCG staff to discuss these issues.

In addition, each meeting will focus on a particular local health issue. If there’s an issue you’d like to have discussed at a HealthVoice meeting, email CCG communications manager Charles Malkin – c.malkin@nhs.net.

 

Other plans for HealthVoice this year include conducting a survey of Eastern Cheshire people to find out how much they know about HealthVoice and its work to influence improvement, availability and performance of health services. Attendees will use findings to review their plans. A further survey two years later will measure HealthVoice’s effectiveness.

 

For more information, visit www.echealthvoice.info.