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Uniting to shape health services


By Peter Harris


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More than 450 people living in the Rushcliffe area have shown an interest in getting involved in shaping their local health services.

They will do so by joining a participation group at their local GP practice, joining a lay readers panel to help make NHS jargon more reader friendly, joining a patient forum or agreeing to participate in questionnaires and surveys.

Leaflets were sent out to every household in the area asking people to become active community members.

Principia Partners in Health sent out the leaflet.

It aims to bring together all family doctors, community nurses, therapists, other health practitioners and managers, along with patients in Rushcliffe, to decide on and deliver local health services and improve the health of the community.

It is supported by Nottinghamshire County Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Principia wants to involve patients and the public at every level of the organisation, and the people who responded to the leaflet can choose how involved they want to be.

If they want to get more involved in the running of Principia, they can join its Patient Reference Group or become one of six community directors who sit on the Principia Board.

Principia chairman, Dr Clive Rix, said: “We are delighted that so many people in Rushcliffe have responded to our invitation to get involved.

“It means we know the work we’re doing to make health services more responsive and accessible is being guided by the very people who use these services.”

To find out more about getting involved in Principia as a community member, contact Principia’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0115 9560320.



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