10:49 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Wanted: people to help shape the NHS's future

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

A SEARCH has been launched to find people keen to help shape improvements to key health services in the Burton area.

East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which will fund NHS services such as GP and hospital care from April, wants to recruit them to its patient board.

Expected to be about 12-strong, the board will play a key role ensuring patients can provide feedback about treatment while influencing changes to health services.

Dr Charles Pidsley, chairman of the GP-led CCG, said: &8220;We want to be guided by patients and the public, and the new patient board will be crucial in ensuring this happens.&8221;

Ann Tunley, CCG lay member for public and patient involvement, said the group wanted people &8216;who had a real desire to see services improve&8217;.

She said: &8220;The patient board will ensure people have a voice, especially those belonging to vulnerable groups or those with long-term conditions who need a lot of support.&8221;

Anyone can apply to join the patient board if registered with an East Staffordshire GP, but ideal candidates will probably be involved with a voluntary organisation or condition support group, or have an active interest in health issues.

Applicants will need to show they can communicate effectively with patients and their representatives, including vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities, and will need to submit a 500-word statement explaining how they will do this.

A commitment of 50 hours per year is expected, including expenses-paid attendance at meetings.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 8.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, February 14.

Further information is available from Vanessa Day on 0777 5800 235 or Vanessa.Day@staffordshirecss.nhs.uk

Application packs are available from Rita Mason on 01283 507137 or Rita.Mason@northstaffs.nhs.uk

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