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Local community celebrate patient and public engagement

Local people have turned out to celebrate patient and public engagement in Bradford district and Craven. The event, held on Wednesday 16 October 2019, showcased the huge difference that people make to local health and care services through their involvement in the work of the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The Engagement Celebration event was a chance to say thank you to people who have given their time to take part in engagement and involvement activities over the past year. Whether a member of a group such as the People’s Board, a GP practice patient participation group (PPG) or a member of the voluntary and community sector (VCS), the input and experiences of members of the public makes a real difference to health and care services. 

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Image, from left to right: Adam Deacon, People’s Board member; Helen Hirst, chief officer, NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs, Sam Samociuk, People’s Board member; Victoria Simmons,  head of engagement and patient experience, NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs.

Patient engagement involves listening to the experiences of local people. The CCGs’ then learn from those experiences to make decisions about buying, planning and monitoring health and care services.

The event bought together groups from across the community to share their engagement and involvement successes and opportunities. Everyone attending the event also had the chance to contribute to an art activity. Each piece of art will be put together into a large piece as a symbol of collaboration and coming together as a community to improve local health and care services.

Victoria Simmons (pictured) head of engagement and patient experience, NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs, said: “We really value each piece of feedback we get about local health and care services. There are so many ways that people can get involved, you can send us feedback as an individual or get involved as a group such as a patient participation group at a GP practice. However people choose to tell us about their experiences, we commit to listening and learning so that our work is informed by people who use services, care for others, or live and work in the district.”

To find out more about how you can give your feedback, search online for ‘Bradford CCGs get involved’.


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