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Help our local NHS and get paid for your views

12/09/2019

Join a brand new Community Values Panel and have a say on funding local health services.

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You must be aged 18 + and live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. You must be able to attend two meetings in St Ives from 10am to 2pm on:

  • Thursday 24 October 2019
  • Tuesday 19 November 2019

You will be paid £50 per meeting plus reasonable travel expenses. Lunch provided.

About the panel

The Community Values Panel is being set up by the people who plan and buy health services in our region – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

It will be made up of 30 individuals who will represent – through its mix – the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This includes younger people, those with disabilities and long-term conditions and people from minority ethnic communities.

You don’t need any special qualifications to take part.

It is based on citizen’s or people’s assembly idea. It is a way of bringing a group of people together to learn and talk about an issue or dilemma.

The members of the Community Value Panel will help the CCG understand what is important to local people when it is making decisions about funding services.

Why this is important

More people are using NHS services. But money is limited.

The CCG’s £1.3 billion pays for things such as doctors, hospitals, community services, some pharmacy services and mental health services.

But the CCG is operating with £75m debt and needs to make some tough decisions about what health services to buy for the region’s 980,000 people. They must save money this year and spend less in the future.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the local champion for health and care services, is running the panel.

Val Moore, Chair of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, says

‘‘To have people and patients at the heart of service change is an aim we all share but is hard to do.

The panel is a new way for our CCG to have some big conversations with local people about what’s important to them.

It helps identify the values people hold that underpin hard decisions the CCG needs to make, and what matters most if those decisions are put into practice. 

This independent thinking will provide valuable insights for decision makers.

It has been used by organisations like NICE to look at ethics and has even been proposed as a way of tackling some of the issues around BREXIT.’

Jess Bawden, Director of External Affairs and Policy at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG says

‘We are very grateful for the support of Healthwatch in helping us to seek the views of our local communities.

The Community Values Panel will give people the opportunity to take time to discuss and consider NHS priorities for the future in this area.

We would encourage as many people as possible to apply and get involved.’

Apply by noon on Tuesday 15 October 2019.

How to apply

Apply now

For more information, visit: http://www.healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk/community-values

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