Public asked to influence NHS in Northamptonshire

Dr Darin Seiger, a GP and chair NHS Nene
Dr Darin Seiger, a GP and chair NHS Nene

A public event aimed at helping people influence the NHS in Northamptonshire will be held next month.

NHS Nene and Healthwatch Northamptonshire, the health watchdog, is inviting people to a public event on Wednesday October 9 at Franklin’s Gardens.

The event will include an update on current activities and outline future plans.

There will also be various presentations and round table discussions to help people’s views be heard.

Healthwatch Northamptonshire is the new consumer champion for local people in relation to health and social care services.

Members of Healthwatch Northamptonshire will also share feedback from their project, during which they have been out and about asking people about their priorities for health and social care.

Dr Darin Seiger, chair of NHS Nene CCG, said: “We know the NHS is facing significant national and local pressures, including a growing ageing population, more people living longer with long term conditions and an increased demand on services.

“We are developing our future plans against this backdrop and we want to consider forward thinking and innovative solutions to meet these extra demands and to improve outcomes for patients.

“We are fully committed to engaging with our local communities and this event is just one of a series of opportunities we are planning.”

Rosie Newbigging, chief executive of Healthwatch Northamptonshire, said: “Both Nene CCG and Healthwatch have a shared goal to improve the health and well-being of people living in Northamptonshire. We are both committed to ensuring patients, services users, carers and the wider public influence the quality of health services in the county.

“We look forward to sharing with the public the results of our community engagement programme, which is currently taking place.”

The event is free and includes light refreshments. To register for the event, complete the form online at: or call Northampton 651744 by Wednesday October 2.