Sign Up to Make a Difference

Two Telford award winners have signed up to make a difference to health services, ahead of Membership Week.

The scheme has been set up so patients can have their say on what the CCG is doing and what they want it to do.

Peoples’ opinions will be listened to, and will help influence how the CCG plans health services now and in the future.

Rob Eyres, the Director of Telford After Care Team and Fiona Smith, Founder of Swimming After Surgery both won Outstanding Achievement Awards in the CCG’s Care with Confidence Awards this year.

They have both signed up to the scheme and are encouraging others to follow suit.

Sara Bennett from the Jayne Sergant Foundation, who gave a presentation at the CCG’s Annual General Meeting, has also signed up to the scheme.

The CCG will have a stand in their headquarters at Halesfield 6, where they will be encouraging visitors to sign up for the duration of the week.

Staff will also be at Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre between 12 and 4pm on Tuesday October 27th encouraging the public to join the scheme too.

Benefits of joining the scheme include:
● Stay informed about developments in health which are of particular interest to you.
● Find out about special ‘Our NHS’ events, health initiatives and consultations and how to take part.
● Find out more about your local NHS and how NHS money is being spent locally.
● Have your say in the development and planning of local services.
● Help us to monitor the quality of our health services.
● Receive feedback on any changes made to services, in response to your input.
● Share your views and know that we are listening.
● Influence and help shape the health services of the future.
● The Membership will help you take responsibility for your health and the health of the local population.

Dr Michael Innes, Chair of the CCG said: “Membership is absolutely free and you can participate as much, or as little as you like.

"Through a regular newsletter members will get regular updates on what the CCG is planning and updates on how services are developing.

"A strong membership will help us learn more about what people in Telford & Wrekin want from their health service, and how we can shape healthcare.

"We really want to reach as many patients in the area as possible and the Membership will help us do that. “

Rob Eyres, Director of Telford After Care Team said: “People really do need to be aware of the health services that are available in Telford and Wrekin.

"Joining the Membership really helps with that and gives us a chance to have a say on how services are developed.”

Fiona Smith from Swimming after Surgery said: “I think, as patients it’s really important for us to praise the health services that are really good but conversely in areas that are not so good it’s imperative we are able to point that out and by joining the Membership Scheme it gives us a vehicle to do that."

Sara Bennett from the Jayne Sargent Foundation said: "I’d encourage people to join up so you can have your voices heard.

"As we work with people who have been diagnosed with cancer it’s vital we work together so we can share their experiences, either good or bad, so we can shape cancer services and other health services, both now and in the future.”

You can also sign up online up by following the link:www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/become-a-member