Get Involved in Gloucestershire
Why do we want to involve patients and the public?
Patients and the public have views to offer about the way services are provided and how they could be changed. The NHS in Gloucestershire is keen to listen and learn from patients' experiences and believe that this is incredibly important in helping to identify how health services can be developed and improved in the future.
Patients and the public should be involved not just when major changes are planned but in on-going planning and not just in considering options but also in developing these plans.
The NHS is there to treat and care for people. If that care and treatment
does not meet the needs of local people, or if patients feel that they have
no say in what care and treatment is available, then the NHS is not meeting
Involvement in Gloucestershire
There are many ways in which you or your family can ‘get involved’ to help develop local health services in Gloucestershire.
- joining a patient, user or carer group at your local hospital or
GP practice or wherever you receive a service.
- joining one of the Patient and Public Involvement Forums
- becoming a volunteer in a local hospital or clinic or joining a League
- finding out more about the Expert Patient Programme (EPP) which aims
to help people living with chronic illness
- planning services together with healthcare staff in your local community
The NHS in Gloucestershire would also like to involve members of
the public, patients and partners who have a specific interest in a particular
service area and would like to join their local Primary Care Trust in discussing
and planning these areas of health need, e.g. Services for Older People,
Services for people with Cancer, Services for people with Mental Health
How to find out more
You can find out more about these and other involvement opportunities
by contacting Community Patient Advice and Liaison Service
(PALS) on 08000 151548. Alternatively, you can
visit the PALS website .