●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton, and executive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). EVERYONE comes into contact with the NHS at some point in their lives, and I know many people would like to have more influence on how local health services are planned and bought, but are unsure where to begin.
This is one of the reasons why NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG is hosting the Eastern Cheshire Health Fair on Wednesday, September 30.
The fair will take place at Macclesfield Town Hall between 11am and 3pm and is open to anyone who is interested in health and wellbeing or would like to know more.
I will be hosting a question and answer session, which will give residents the chance to learn more about our plans for healthcare and the specifics of services they are interested in.
My colleagues will also make a formal presentation of our annual accounts and discuss our commissioning achievements.
I’m aware that some people are unsure of what a clinical commissioning group is, so why not take the opportunity to find out and hear about how our work is making a difference in eastern Cheshire?
As well as a range of stalls, which will include information about local mental health services, end of life care and fostering, there will also be a number of presentations from the CCG, our partners and providers.
Representatives from Kickstart, the stop smoking service commissioned by Cheshire East Public Health, will be giving a presentation on the pros and cons of e-cigarettes.
While Jackie Goodall, one of the CCG’s registered nurses, will be talking about the importance of safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act.
I would really encourage Macclesfield Express readers to attend the Eastern Cheshire Health Fair, as it will provide a real insight into the work the CCG is doing and enable you to influence what we do in the future.
For more information, visit easterncheshireccg. nhs.uk/News/Eastern_ Cheshire_Health_Fair. htm.
●● Dr Paul Bowen