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14.09.2021

Do you want to a make a difference to the health and wellbeing of others and play an important role in shaping local healthcare?

NHS partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are inviting people passionate about health and social care to volunteer their time and apply to sit on two assurance groups. At a very exciting yet challenging time in the history of the NHS it is more important than ever before to have the support of vibrant and creative people, who can help to ensure that local care is designed around the needs of patients.

People who feel they can review feedback and opinions received about healthcare and decide if they have been listened to and considered, are encouraged to apply to be part of the Public and Patient Involvement Assurance Group (PPIAG) or the Alliance Leadership Board.

Richard Morris, Deputy Director of People and Innovation said “The NHS is precious to us, particularly after the unprecedented times we are currently experiencing. We want health and care services to be developed with a strong voice for local people and communities. The NHS is used by everyone at some point in their life, often at times when they are feeling vulnerable. It’s crucial that services are planned using the experiences of patients, carers and citizens.

“We are looking for people that are able to dedicate few hours a month to the well established PPIAG or the Alliance Board. Already the PPIAG have assured large scale projects such as the ‘Building Better Hospitals’ – the transformation of services at Leicester’s hospital, research on Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy and are currently working to assure the recent mental health consultation. The group will be helping the local NHS to provide the best health and wellbeing outcomes for other local people including their family and friends.”

Members of both groups will be helping to ensure that better quality care is provided in a way that is important to local residents. They will review information and assure themselves that the views of public and patients have been sought and considered when services are redesigned and delivered. The groups are at the forefront of supporting the design of plans and proposals for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The NHS is also seeking a Chair for the PPIAG to motivate and encourage PPIAG members to assure public and patient involvement work and enable it to impact on decision making. Anyone interested should visit www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/join-our-public-and-patient-involvement-assurance-group to view the application pack and details of how to apply or contact Sue Venables email: susan.venables@nhs.net

Applications close on 7th October 2021.

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