A public health body has called on the public to play a more active role in shaping local health services.
NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to join a public scheme which allow members to inform plans, improvements and decisions across commissioned healthcare services.
They will be invited to take part in surveys and consultations concerning general NHS services, and will have the opportunity to take part in focus groups and meetings on specific services, such as long term illness and mental health.
The move comes as part of the Nene CCG aim to provide services that best meet the needs of the local population, and members of the scheme will be kept updated on plans and events.
CCG member, Dr Darin Seiger, said: “The whole point of the recent NHS changes is to ensure that local clinicians work together with their local population to deliver the best possible health services and we are passionate about doing this effectively.
“Our vision is “to ensure that everyone has the best possible life from beginning to end”. It is therefore vital that we hear directly from our patients and members of the public on our future plans to achieve our vision, and how we can all improve our local NHS.
“I want to personally thank our 1000 members for their continued involvement, but we believe we need more to get as many views as possible and I would therefore like to encourage as many people as possible to join our Public Membership Scheme.”
Anyone interested in joining the Nene CCG public membership scheme can register online at: www.neneccg.nhs.uk/membership/ or contact the group directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: Northampton 651744.