Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● BILL Swann, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) lay mem­ber for pa­tient and pub­lic in­volve­ment

We all come into con­tact with the NHS at some point in our lives; it’s a vastly im­por­tant na­tional as­set which many of us would like to have more in­flu­ence over.

But the size and scale of the NHS can leave us all feel­ing be­wil­dered about how to make our voices heard.

Yet, in re­al­ity, there are lots of ways in which we can shape our health ser­vice – and get­ting in­volved with the CCG is a great way to do so.

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG plans and buys much of the health­care avail­able to the 204,000 peo­ple in our area. The ser­vices we com­mis­sion in­clude nearly ev­ery type of health­care to which GPs re­fer their pa­tients, in­clud­ing hospi­tal and men­tal health ser­vices.

What’s more, we’re fi­nal­is­ing plans to ac­cept del­e­gated re­spon­si­bil­ity from NHS Eng­land for most GP ser­vices from next April.

We’re also one of the part­ners in the Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme, which aims to join up care around the needs of in­di­vid­u­als.

In other words, our de­ci­sions have a big im­pact on the way care ser­vices are pro­vided and that’s why we want the res­i­dents of Eastern Cheshire to be as in­volved in the CCG as pos­si­ble.

‘In­volve­ment’ in the CCG can be as small a step as join­ing our Car­ing To­gether news­let­ter mail­ing list to hear what we have been do­ing each month, or as large as be­ing in­volved in our de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.

In­deed, mem­bers of our pa­tient and carer ref­er­ence group HealthVoice have the op­por­tu­nity to present pa­tient per­spec­tives as part of the CCG’s ser­vice re­design and com­mis­sion­ing pro­cesses, and have done so most re­cently for men­tal health trans­for­ma­tion and the gas­troen­terol­ogy ser­vice.

HealthVoice is a cham­pion for and rep­re­sents the in­ter­ests of pa­tients, car­ers and the pub­lic across Eastern Cheshire and acts as an in­de­pen­dent ad­vi­sor to the CCG to en­sure the pa­tient voice is heard.

Any­one can be­come a mem­ber of HealthVoice, whether you choose to go to its reg­u­lar fo­rum meet­ings or would sim­ply like to be kept up-to-date with its ac­tiv­i­ties.

Visit or email ec­ccg. for more in­for­ma­tion.

An­other way the pub­lic can be­come in­volved in the Eastern Cheshire health econ­omy is by be­com­ing a Car­ing To­gether sup­porter – the sim­plest level of this just means that you sup­port the idea of in­te­grated care and want to spread the word.

Visit car­ing­to­ or email ec­ccg. car­ing­to­ to find out more.

It is your NHS, so do take one of these op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come in­volved, as we need your in­put to help en­sure we de­velop ser­vices which meet your needs.

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