Fylde and Wyre residents in full-time employment are being given an opportunity to give feedback and suggestions on local health services thanks to a new project from their local NHS team.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched Working Voices, which will see members of its engagement team go into local workplaces to gather the views of employees.

The CCG is already working with two of the area’s biggest employers, BAE Systems and Wyre Council, to support the project and is looking for other local employers to get involved and set up engagement events.

In addition, the CCG has joined forces with the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce to help promote the project among small and medium enterprises across Fylde and Wyre.

Jennifer Aldridge, the CCG’s chief nurse, said: “We use engagement heavily to influence our commissioning decision-making process, that is to say how we buy the best most effective healthcare services for our local population.

“But as most of our conversations with the public take place during the day, we can miss those people who work 9-5 and we would really value input from this group.

“This project will see us go into the workplace to meet local people and hear about their experiences as patients in the Fylde and Wyre healthcare system.”

The first patient engagement event under the Working Voices banner took place earlier this month, when the CCG team took part in BAE Systems’ health fayre at its site in Warton. The team will be at Wyre Civic Centre on 15 June to talk to workers at Wyre Council.

Sarah Hill, occupational health practice manager at BAE Systems, said: “We were keen to embrace this project as Working Voices will give employees who live in the Fylde and Wyre areas a say in designing services to suit their needs and give them access to health information and advice.

“This in turn will lead to a healthier, happier, more empowered workforce, which, along with our commitment to supporting employee health and wellbeing in many ways, will be beneficial to us as a business.”

Wyre Council chief executive Garry Payne said: “We are already working closely with our local NHS team to develop a health hub here at the Civic Centre for residents in Poulton.

“This initiative provides a perfect opportunity to involve staff in their local health system too.”

“The health of our employees is a priority at Wyre and we’re always looking for ways to continually improve. We offer discounted membership to our health and fitness centres and encourage active travel to and from work, which all contribute to a happy workforce and low sickness levels.”

The CCG is on the lookout for businesses wishing to take part in the Working Voices project. Anyone wishing to hold an engagement event within their business can contact the CCG’s team at communications@fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk or by calling 01253 955420.


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.