August Health Column - Would you like to get involved in shaping healthcare in our county?
By Anna Sterckx, Head of Patient, Carer and Public Engagement
"As part of my job I get to work with the Patient Public Forum which is about patients and local people working with our hospitals to support and help improvements.
It means that the voice of patients and the public can be heard and acted on so that we can achieve the highest quality patient-centred care.
I’m sharing this with you today because the group wants to grow in numbers – and we need your help!
At the moment we have a group of 12 people from a variety of backgrounds – some people have worked in health, some have used the services at one or more of our hospitals and some have family, carer or friend experiences.
We are looking to for anyone to join us at meetings who is able to devote two hours, four times a year and offer at least one hour every week to support the Trust to continually improve patient, carer and public involvement.
We are developing a variety of opportunities and we work to support individuals in the group to develop their areas of interest and skills; opportunities include carrying out a range of planned visits and mystery shopping to review services and patient and carer experience.
If you have time to volunteer in this valued and worthwhile role, I would love to hear from you!
Or if you have an interest in health and in supporting developments in your local acute healthcare trust – the group really wants to hear from you!
Just this week a new member in his 20s joined and so we are especially keen to hear from other people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, anyone over the age of 18 can join the forum.