The organisation which annually pays for more than £360m of NHS services in West Leicestershire is this month staging its first annual general meeting.
And the public will have a chance to meet senior members of staff such as our Chief Nurse, Chief Executive, and some of our doctors face to face and ask them about their running of local healthcare.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s job is to plan and purchase NHS services for the local population of 366,000 in the boroughs of North West Leicestershire, Charnwood, and Hinckley & Bosworth.
The event will take place at Loughborough Town Hall in the evening of Tuesday 23 September.
Before the AGM and conference there will be a health ‘market place’, where people can find information and advice on wellbeing matters and problems, including stalls staffed by local health charities. The ‘market place’ opens at 5pm.
The AGM and conference begins at 6pm and will include an explanation of the CCG’s role, the health of the area and the work which the CCG has undertaken since its launch to tackle local care issues and improve the population’s health. There will also be a look at the future and the challenges facing the NHS, and a chance to ask questions.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, CCG Chair, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing as many of the people we serve as can attend, and sharing with them the big picture of healthcare in West Leicestershire. We also want listen to their questions and to discuss what’s happening in the NHS and what needs to happen to tackle the challenges of the future.
“The future of the NHS is as much about preventing ill health as it is in dealing with it, so our approach, which we call ‘pro-active care’ is a vital element. People have told us that they want their care closer to home, near their doctor’s surgeries and even at home when possible, and this is a great opportunity for them to come along and find out about our ambitions to create a strong out-of-hospital care system.”
After the formal part of the AGM, there will be the opportunity to join small ‘workshop groups’ where senior members of the team will be happy to discuss some of the key initiatives currently in place such as the Older People’s Unit at Loughborough and Acute Visiting Service with members of the public.