Published March 6, 2017 at 12:00
Health commissioners from NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group are taking their decision making ‘on the road’.
The CCG which holds its Governing Body in public every two months have been holding their meetings throughout the five boroughs it serves. Dr Phil Huxley, Chair of NHS East Lancashire CCG’s Governing Body, said: “For the last three years we’ve held our meetings at our CCG headquarters but as one of our priorities is to engage and involve local people more, we feel that by holding our meetings in more public places is just one way that we can achieve this.
“And whilst it’s important that our patients have a much greater say in their healthcare, besides attending our Governing Body meetings, there are other ways that they can do that. Most of our GP practices now have a patient participation group which allows patients to work with the practice to ensure services are meeting the needs of local patients. The CCG also has a membership scheme called Patient Partners. This is an involvement scheme for people who are interested in sharing their views and experiences to help to develop and improve services locally.”
The Governing Body is responsible for reviewing and approving clinical commissioning decisions across East Lancashire and is a mixture of NHS clinicians, experienced NHS managers and lay members.
The next Governing Body meeting is on Monday 27 March at 1pm in the Council Chamber at Ribble Valley Borough Council offices in Clitheroe. If members of the public wish to put any questions to the Governing Body, please forward these in advance and by 5pm on the Thursday prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about getting involved can be found on the CCG website at: http://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/patient-partners