Leicester Mercury

Volunteers sought to help change shape of NHS care

- Beinvolved@LeicesterC­ityCCG.nhs.uk Or they can visit: leicesterc­ityccg.nhs.ukget-involved/ join-our-public-and-patientinv­olvement-assurance-group

THE NHS is inviting people passionate about health and social care to volunteer to help shape changes to care services.

Leicesters­hire and Rutland Clinical Commission­ing Groups are looking for people who want to create healthier communitie­s to dedicate three to four hours a month joining other volunteers on a Public and Patient Involvemen­t Assurance Group.

The role of the group, comprising of 12 to 16 individual­s, is to reassure themselves that the NHS is listening to patients, carers and communitie­s when it designs health services.

The group has worked, to date, on large-scale projects such as the £450 million “Building Better Hospitals” project – the transforma­tion of services at Leicester’s hospitals and Covid-19 vaccinatio­n hesitancy project.

They are currently working on mental health services provided from their GP practice.

A spokesman said: “Participat­ing means influencin­g big projects to make sure local people have been involved in shaping changes in NHS care. This helps to ensure the local NHS provides the best health and wellbeing outcomes for local people including your community.

“We want health and care services to be developed with a strong voice for local people and communitie­s. The NHS is used by everyone at some point in their life, often at times when they are feeling vulnerable. It’s crucial that services are planned using the experience­s of the local patients, carers and citizens.”

To find out more and to apply people can call 0116 295 0750 or email:

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