More than a hundred people with a special interest in health are gaining important insights this week into how the new NHS works in Leicestershire.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CCG) is holding two key events to share knowledge and listen to the views of specially invited groups.
The West Leicestershire Patient Participation Network event brings together people who represent fellow patients at their own surgeries. They met at Markfield Community and Sports Centre on Wednesday 17 April.
On the agenda was an insight into “A day in the life of General Practice” by CCG Chair Dr Nick Pulman, and a look at the local NHS membership scheme, “Be healthy, be heard”, which has already attracted more than 4,000 members.
Patients from each district - Hinckley and Bosworth, North Charnwood, North West Leicestershire and South Charnwood – will also the National Association for Patient Participation Conference in Bristol in June and share their observations with local patients’ groups.
The other event this week is for local councillors and staff, healthcare providers, NHS trusts, charities, and the Leicestershire HealthWatch group which acts as the voice of patients and the public. Billed as a ‘stakeholder briefing’, it takes place on Thursday 18 April at Loughborough Town Hall.
The agenda includes an update on West Leicestershire CCG, which is among the 211 commissioning groups in England who took over the local planning and purchasing of many NHS services on 1 April. WL CCG said that one of its aims was to explain its plans to tackle the area’s main healthcare problems. People attending have a chance to comment on these plans to transform care and improve the area’s health.