Meetings of a new forum designed to give the public a say in how local health services are run will be taking place next week.
Locality engagement forums, run by the publicly elected North East Essex Health Forum Committee, are an opportunity to learn more about local services, find out reasons why the services run as they do and to pose questions to health clinicians and managers.
The Health Forum Committee has a representative on the board of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEECCG), the organisation preparing to take over the running of the local NHS from the primary care trust next April. That representative’s role is to improve and influence health services by feeding in the patient or public viewpoint.
Richard Gray, Communications Officer at NEECCG, said:
One of the key aims of this change in the way the NHS is run is to encourage greater involvement from the public – to enable them to have a louder voice in the way services are delivered.
The engagement forums will take place across north east Essex every other month. If anyone wishes to find out more, they can contact me on 01206 286713 or go to our website, www.neessexccg.nhs.uk. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated.
Engagement forums will be taking place on the following dates and venues:
- Monday December 3, 2pm to 4pm, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Colchester (rooms 12a/14a, second floor)
- Wednesday December 5, 10am to 12 noon, Community Hall, Long Meadows, Dovercourt, CO12 4US
- Friday December 7, 2pm to 4pm, CVS Tendring Community Information Centre, 20-22 Rosemary Road, Clacton Essex CO15 1NZ