People living in Fylde and Wyre have been invited to join a panel which influences NHS services.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services across the area – launched the Influence Panel three years ago to give people the chance to become involved in shaping services.

The Panel is a group of volunteers interested in improving their local NHS. The CCG has launched a recruitment drive to offer more people in the area a chance to make a difference to health services.

Since its creation, the group has helped in the development of services such as neighbourhood care teams, the local falls service, Pharmacy+ Clinics and the extended access service. They were also among the first group of people to test the new online FYi Directory, which was an essential part of the website’s development.

Nick Milne, of St Annes, chairs the group. He said: “I have really enjoyed working with the CCG to improve local health services. It is a great feeling to be involved with influencing NHS decisions.

“The CCG has been supportive of our feedback and ideas, the meetings are interesting and I always learn something new.

“The NHS is important to millions of people across the country. I have used it myself and know how valuable the services are.”

Kevin Toole, CCG Governing Body lay member for engagement, said: “The Influence Panel has continued to provide the CCG with insightful information and feedback about our local services.

“Over the past year, the work of the Influence Panel has helped form our future strategy and has guided how services have been developed.

“We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our members and would like to thank everyone for their hard work and input to the meetings.

“This year we would love to have some younger people involved. However regardless of age, if you would like to get involved it would be great to hear from you.”

Anyone wishing to join the Influence Panel must be a member of the CCG’s Influence membership scheme. The Influence membership scheme is free to join and helps the CCG to stay in touch with local people.

Those who register receive occasional email messages and news releases about new services and other developments in local healthcare, as well as an opportunity to have your say by receiving invites to take part in surveys or focus groups.

To sign up, visit www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/influence or for more information email dan.clough@nhs.net


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 visit fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk