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Would you like to influence local NHS services? Become part of the Patient Council!

by Claire Spencer

The Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is recruiting ten local people to be part of a Patient Council, which will enable local people to influence health service commissioning across Birmingham. These Patients Reps will have an important role in involving local people in developing and improving services, as well as ensuring that the voice of patients is heard when health services are commissioned across the city.

The only criteria is that you need to be registered with GP practice which is a member of the CCG. In Moseley & Kings Heath, the following practices are members:

  • All Saints Medical Practice;
  • Poplar Primary Care Centre;
  • Wake Green Surgery;

Chamberlain Forum, who are helping the CCG to set up the Patient Council have produced a nifty summary of the Patient Council’s responsibilities:

  • Attending bi-monthly (2 hour) patient council meetings;
  • Attending a bi-monthly training and development session (2 hour) or as required;
  • Providing your views from a patient perspective to inform and to assist the CCG to commission health services;
  • Collective working to generate ideas and solutions to inform commissioning plans;
  • Championing the voice of patients and carers, particularly those who are seldom heard;
  • Building a common understanding about the health care needs of patients;

If this seems like something you’d like to consider, the CCG and Chamberlain Forum are holding an Open Evening on September 10th to explore what the role involves – click here to book yourself a place. Alternatively, you can email Paul Slatter from Chamberlain Forum (paul@chamberlainforum.org), who will happily answer any questions you might have.

The deadline for expressing an interest is 17th September – so get applying!

“On Thursday May 3rd, vote NHS: vote Labour”

While they aren’t to everyone’s tastes, Professor Robert Winston has just delivered one of the most moving Party Political Broadcasts that we have ever seen – and we wanted to share it with people in Moseley & Kings Heath ward, because people tell us every day, in one way or another, how important the NHS is to them.

Labour created the NHS – and now, at its time of need, we will do everything we can to ensure that we protect it. Lisa Trickett is one of thousands of Labour council candidates up and down the country who have pledged to limit the damage inflicted upon the NHS by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition.

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