Health Engagement Network - Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby

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Invitation to get involved with your local health services

Discussions over the future sustainability of children’s and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton are giving impetus to a new public involvement initiative which has been set up by the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG).

The CCG is one of the new organisations being set up to take over the commissioning (buying) of local health care services as part of the health and social care reforms. It will bring together local GPs and other NHS workers to plan and help improve health services for local people. It will gradually take more control of budgets and make decisions about what services to provide and in what way to our local communities.

The CCG is calling on local people to sign up to its Health Engagement Network. The Network will allow the CCG to involve local people in its future planning around NHS services and make sure those people’s views are heard and taken into account.

Dr Vicky Pleydell, GP and interim Chair of the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As we establish ourselves as an NHS organisation, we want to set up ways for local people to have a say and get involved in the planning and shaping of local health services.

“Our Health Engagement Network is an excellent opportunity for people who want to play an active part in local health services. We will be able to gather views through surveys, focus groups and conversations and we hope this will help to make services we put in place more responsive to the needs of local people. We will also use the information to help make decisions about planning new services.

“If you live in Hambleton, Richmondshire or Whitby or are registered with a GP in those areas, we’d be delighted to hear from you.   A form is attached below, alternatively you can call 01845 573956 or fill in a form online at www.northyorkshireandyork.nhs.uk/HRW and click on ‘Join our Health Engagement Network’.”

Form to sign up

General Letter to Stakeholders from Vicky Pleydell

Mental Health & Dementia Information Day

Mental Health & Dementia Information Day is taking place on Tuesday 16th October 2012 at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, DL6 1JQ between 10.30am - 3pm. For more information including details on how to book your place, please click here

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