The work that we do is only really effective if people who use the NHS - patients, carers and clinicians - help us. Local people have a key role to play in shaping their local services. We can’t do it alone!
There are lots of ways that you can work with us, and you can choose the ones that fit best with your own interests and time commitments. You don’t have to be ill or a regular user of health services to have your say.
Anyone can join their practices GP patient group where many patients have already worked in partnership with practice staff to improve the way that their GP services are delivered.
If you are interested in the wider health service then you could consider joining a locality patient group where members of a number of practice patient groups come together to share information and work together. These locality groups are represented at local meetings with GPs and other stakeholders and are part of the patient and public involvement (PPI) committee which is a sub committee of our board. A member of the PPI committee is also the patient representative on our board.
Ever been frustrated by information that doesn’t make sense? Join our reader panel and help us produce better information. We have over 60 patients on our reader panel who look over publications and our website to make sure they are easy to understand and that they effectively get across what we are trying to express. We send out information to our panel who are free to choose whether they wish to take part or not. Contact Heather Aylward to sign up to our reader panel.
If you would like to stay up to date you can sign up for our bi-monthly bulletin, Herts Valleys Voices, which includes information from health and social care partners.