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Seeking public representatives: your chance to shape local health and care services

29/11/2017

Hackney and the City's integrated commissioning partnership is seeking to recruit more members of the public to join its care workstreams working to improve health and wellbeing.

If you are a local resident with experience of using services as a patient or carer, this is a chance to have your say on how services can be improved.

Currently there are five public representatives across the four care workstreams. But now the integrated commissioning partnership has given the green light to increase the number of public representatives to seven to boost public/patient involvement in City and Hackney.

Extra representatives are being sought for the following work streams:

Unplanned care: Looking at urgent and emergency care needed within 24 hours (such as A&E visits or mental health crisis response), and out-of-hours services within adult social care and primary care.

Planned care: There is a preference for a public representative with experience of using cancer services if possible. The workstream is looking at services where people are referred to acute providers (e.g. hospital outpatients) in a planned and non-emergency way. This includes ongoing long-term support for adults and carers such as social workers doing reviews, residential care, care at home and meals on wheels.

Public representatives will work closely with managers and clinicians, and the existing public representative. Representatives will have access to training and support and reimbursement of reasonable travel, childcare and carer expenses.

How to apply

Interested residents should submit the completed application form to info@healthwatchhackney.co.uk by 8 January 2018. If you have any questions about the role or would like to find out other ways to be involved, please email info@healthwatchhackney.co.uk or phone 07856796512. City residents are particularly encouraged to apply to ensure City voices are heard.

About Integrated Commissioning

Integrated Commissioning is a programme to improve health and wellbeing for Hackney and City residents by joining up health, social care and public health around people to better meet their needs. All the main local health and care organisations are working more closely together as part of this including Hackney Council, City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), City of London Corporation, Homerton Hospital, East London Foundation Trust, GP Confederation, Local Pharmaceutical Committee, GP-out-of-hours (CHUHSE), Healthwatch Hackney, Healthwatch City, and voluntary and community sector through the Health and Social Care Forum. Find out more here.

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