Leading doctors from Telford and Wrekin are urging residents to join them at their first annual general meeting next month and have their say on the future of local healthcare services.
Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for buying health and care services for the area, will hold their inaugural AGM on Tuesday, September 9 at 6pm at the Whitehouse Hotel in Telford.
CCG Chair, Dr Mike Innes, said:
It’s been just over a year since doctor-led CCG’s took on responsibility for buying healthcare services for our local population.
For every challenge we have faced we have found ourselves presented with an opportunity to do something different and make changes for the better.
Part of our success in that regard has been due to a strong commitment to put patients at the heart of everything we do and talk with and listen to the people we are buying those services for at every single opportunity.
“Our AGM on September 9 is another great opportunity for that conversation to continue and for new people to join it. We hope residents of the area will come along and tell us what they think of the services available to them right now.
"We want them to help us to develop plans for the future to ensure the people of Telford and Wrekin continue to get the care they need.”
The AGM will feature the launch of the CCG’s new Care with Confidence annual awards programme, recognising people in the community and other organisations for their contributions to healthcare in Telford and Wrekin, and also see the publication of the CCG’s annual report, with the inaugural winners to be announced on the evening.
Consumer champions for health and care, Healthwatch Telford, will also be on hand to provide information on healthcare services and ways local people can get involved, with information about Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS), Complaints and Safeguarding also available on the day.
Members of Telford CCG’s patient-led Breatheasy group will be speaking on the day about how their input has been used to improve respiratory services in Telford.
Patrick Spreadbury, from Telford’s Health Round Table, one of the organisations who will be at the event, said: “The last 12 months have been a really exciting time in Telford and Wrekin and the benefits we have begun to make towards patient care alongside the CCG have been significant.
“We’ve really been able to develop as a group and with the help of the CCG are innovating every day.
“The next year promises to be even more challenging as we move forward with major projects like NHS Future Fit - the resdesign of hospital services and the integration of the health and social care budgets."
Dr Innes added: “This won’t be your average NHS meeting, we’re hoping to really get local people involved and make it something pretty special.
“There will be plenty of time for what we hope will be a lively debate, with live ‘graffiti walls’ in the room on the night for people to pin up their burning questions for us to answer.”