People living in Fylde and Wyre are being sought to join an influential panel that helps shape health services across the area.

The NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group ‘Influence People’s Panel’ is looking to grow its membership to offer people in the area a real say in how their local NHS services look.

The People’s Panel has been running for almost a year and has so far helped the CCG as it looks to ensure the best possible services are being commissioned for patients across its area.

With the help of local community interest company UR Potential, which helped to run the project while it was in its pilot stage, the People’s Panel has already made a difference to CCG campaigns, community services and even the website through its monthly meetings.

Wyre councillor Howard Ballard has been a member of the People’s Panel since its first meeting in June last year.

Cllr Ballard said: “Our local CCG, to its credit, places a real emphasis on public engagement and it has been really pleasing to see them truly embracing some of the suggestions and observations we have made during the panel meetings.

“They are a great way to keep up-to-date with all that is going on in the local NHS and it is a way for members of the public to make sure their voices are heard when key decisions are made.

“We will all need to use our local health services at some point in our lives and I would urge everybody to register an interest in joining the People’s Panel.”

Kevin Toole, CCG Governing Body lay member for patient and public engagement, said: “The People’s Panel has already been instrumental in helping our commissioners to design new and innovative services that are now benefitting the people of Fylde and Wyre.

“It has been very pleasing to see this group of people come together and give us some great feedback, suggestions for changes and observations on planned services.

“We really appreciate the work of our existing People’s Panel members but to ensure we have as broad a spectrum of people helping to shape our services we would love to bring in some new faces.”

Deborah Terras, UR Potential director, said: “We enjoy a very strong relationship with the CCG and have worked together on a number of projects and will continue to do so in the future.

“The People’s Panel has been an undoubted success in its first year and no doubt will continue to be as the voices of local people continue to be heard in healthcare decision-making in Fylde and Wyre.”

If you wish to register an interest in joining the Influence People’s Panel, visit www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/influence or email communications@fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk


Notes

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk