Over 100 people attended a pioneering event in Loughborough last week which for the first time involved patients and the public in the design of their local health and care services.
Hosted by the three clinical commissioning groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the unique event was opened by the Professor Mayur Lakhani GP and the new Chair of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group who organised the event.
The event saw patients, carers, voluntary organisations, patient support groups, local politicians and others listening to national experts who challenged the traditional approach to healthcare procurement and also challenged the delegates to think differently. Everyone then had the opportunity to share their experiences of GPs, hospitals, community provision, mental health services and other health and care services. This led to discussions and sharing of ideas to ensure that the public and patients are fully involved in the design of health services in the future.
Speaking afterwards Professor Lakhani said; “The event was a tremendous success and it was fantastic to see people from diverse communities across our counties getting involved in the design of their local health services. Healthcare is so important to everyone and it is vital that people have a say about what matters to them so that people powered health drives our commissioning decisions.”