‘The Way Ahead’ for health services in East and North Herts
GPs across East and North Hertfordshire are asking patients to have their say on how health services are provided in the future.
More than 80 people, including patients representatives, those from the voluntary sector, councillors, doctors and senior NHS staff met at ‘The Way Ahead’ event (on 14th February), hosted by East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Led by GPs, the CCG will be responsible for commissioning (planning, designing, paying for and evaluating) the majority of NHS services for local people from April 2013.
Discussions at the event focussed on the health priorities, including supporting people with long term health conditions such as diabetes, reducing levels of obesity and increasing the number of patients who can be cared for in their own homes, rather than being admitted to hospital.
Dr Tony Kostick, Chair of the CCG and a GP based in Stevenage said: “Patients are at the absolute forefront of our work and we’re making sure they are involved in decisions from practice level, right up to sitting alongside GPs and clinicians on our Board. We are looking forward to taking on our full responsibilities from April, and we plan to involve as many people as we can, right from the start.”
Penelope Taylor (top left) from Hertford is a member of the Patient Participation Group at the Castlegate GP surgery and is a patient leader for the GP area covering Hertford, Ware and Hoddesdon. Penelope said: “Events like this are a healthy sign that the CCG is making its commitment to listening to the patient voice a reality. It was an ideal opportunity for patient representatives to contribute our perspectives to the health priorities for our area.
The work of the CCG is fundamentally important to our communities who have a wide variety of medical needs and who want to make sure they are represented in the decision making process.”
To have your say and get involved, get in touch with your local GP surgery and ask about their Patient Participation Group.
Click here to find out more about the health priorities and allocated budget in your locality.