Telford and Wrekin CCG is encouraging local community groups and patients to become a member of their Health Roundtable. As a member, residents will be able to help shape local health care services.
The Health Roundtable was set up in 2012 as a sub committee of the CCG. Its members include patient representatives, Healthwatch and volunteers from local community and voluntary organisations. The Roundtable works alongside the CCG to ensure patients are able to influence CCG decisions.
Membership is changed on an annual basis. The 12 new members will be selected throughout August. Following a review with the current Roundtable members it was agreed that to be representative of the needs of Telford and Wrekin, membership should include:
- A representative from Healthwatch
- A carer representative
- 4 representatives from GP practice patient groups
- 6 representatives who preferably belong to two or more health related voluntary groups
The CCG is keen to ensure the roundtable is representative of the borough, and is looking for people from different areas and backgrounds to take part. Ideally people who are already involved in health related voluntary groups should apply to become a member, as they will understand the needs of these groups and can link into wider patient networks.
Stephen Mayo, Telford and Wrekin CCG’s Head of Quality and Patient and Public Involvement, said:
"We are committed to putting patients at the heart of our decisions. By involving patients in designing services, we can ensure they are what patients need and will be used.
As a CCG we often have difficult decisions to make, with our limited budget. By working with the Roundtable, as well as wider engagement with the public, we can ensure our decisions are right for Telford and Wrekin residents.
I would like to encourage anyone who can give up some of their time and get more involved in local health services, to apply to the Roundtable. If you are passionate about improving health care locally, you can help make a difference."
The Roundtable meets monthly and members are voluntary.
Applications should be received no later than 2 August 2013. document Application form can be downloaded here. (57 KB)