People in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre have been invited to join a panel which influences NHS services across the Fylde Coast.
The Influence Panel, run by the local NHS organisations responsible for planning and buying health services, has launched its annual recruitment drive and is on the lookout for new members.
The Panel is a group of volunteers interested in improving their local NHS. Since its formation four years ago, the Influence Panel has had an impact on the development of services such as neighbourhood care teams, falls services and the new evening and weekend appointments service.
The group is chaired by one of its volunteers, St Annes resident Nick Milne. He said: “I have really enjoyed working with the CCG to improve local health services. It is a great feeling to be involved with influencing NHS decisions.
“The CCG has been supportive of our feedback and ideas, the meetings are interesting and I always learn something new.
“The NHS is important to millions of people across the country. I have used it myself and know how valuable the services are.”
The Panel is run by NHS Fylde and Wyre and NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for the two CCGs, said: “The Influence Panel acts as an excellent sense-check for the CCGs when making important decisions about services that affect the many people living across the Fylde Coast.
“Its members provide valuable challenge and feedback to help us make sure we continue to develop services that meet the needs of the people we serve.
“I would like to personally thank all the current Influence Panel members for their hard work and dedication over the past year and beyond. I would also encourage anyone wishing to play their part in health service development on the Fylde Coast to sign up and get involved in this very important initiative.”
Anyone wishing to join the Influence Panel must be a member of the Influence membership scheme, which is free to join and allows the CCGs to keep in touch with local people.
Those who register receive occasional email messages and news about their local NHS, as well as opportunities to take part in surveys or attend events.
Notes to editors:
- The Influence Panel was launched by NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG in 2015, originally named the ‘People’s Panel’.
- Since then, Panel members have helped in the development of a number of local NHS services and policies. These include:
- Neighbourhood care teams – Originally named ‘integrated care teams’, the Panel helped us come up with a more public friendly name for this service.
- Think! Why A&E? – The Panel helped with the redesign of public information leaflets.
- Joint CCGs website – The Panel endorsed the decision to launch a joint CCGs website and also provided feedback on how it should be designed.
- Clinical pathway development – The Panel advised the team looking to streamline and simplify a number of clinical pathways on the Fylde Coast as to how they felt the public should be involved. Two members of the Panel now sit on the clinical pathway redesign working group.
Fylde Coast CCGs
- NHS Fylde and Wyre and NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are the organisations responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
- Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCGs serve a population of more than 300,000 people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The majority live in the urban towns of Blackpool, Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham, Garstang and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
- The CCGs receive a set amount of money from the government and are committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
- Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at https://www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/local-services/patient-choice/
- The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
- There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
- For more information about the CCGs and how to get involved, visit https://www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/