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Opportunities to get involved

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There are many ways that people can get involved with the work of NHS Rotherham CCG, including taking part in any current consultations, either local or national; attending events, or joining your local GP practice patient participation group (PPG). 

You could join our reader panel and help to make our information easier to understand. You may also have the opportunity to complete consultations, feedback forms and surveys for any health service you receive, for example at Rotherham Hospital or at your local GP practice. 

We always appreciate your time and your thoughts, this feedback really does help us to better plan services for the people of Rotherham. 

View our Communication and Engagement Plan to see how we consult and engage.

Please see below for opportunities to get involved in shaping health services for Rotherham people. 

The opportunities available maybe local to Rotherham, may impact on regional services, or be national.

 There are many ways that you can get involved with this work:

Procurement

When starting a procurement process we want to make sure that the patient voice is central to any decisions.  Patients and their representatives have been involved in several procurement processes including the Equipment Service; a new GP Practice; Minor Eye Conditions service and Patient Transport, among others.  Training on the system, and support to complete the questions is always given, and systems modified to accommodate people without access to computers, and people with autism, for example.

Representation in Committees and Meetings

A number of people take up positions on working groups; some of these are very time limited, while others have a longer duration.  Occasionally people attend as members of a local interest or community group, representing others; while for other pieces of work, attendance is as a ‘representative patient’, rather than a patient representative.  Recent examples have included

  • Diabetes support group invited to be part of the Diabetes Steering Group

  • Respiratory pathway work

  • Patient representatives part of GP quality visits from January 2020

  • Acting as part of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS reference groups

  • Cancer working groups

  • Maternity Voices Partnership


 Support to attend committees and meetings might include:

  • providing clear information in good time, in the way you want it

  • paper copies if you need them

  • helping and advising representatives

  • to give feedback from the meeting/committee in a timely manner

  • to treat the Patient Representative as a full member of any committee/ meeting

  • hold meetings or events at an accessible venue at an appropriate and convenient time


Working with the Voluntary Sector - Health Champions

There are various opportunities to get involved through the Voluntary Sector in Rotherham, we work closely with Voluntary Action Rotherham.

An Audience with Sessions - Voluntary Action Rotherham hold a series of events throughout the year where we invite leads from partner organisations to meet and have conversations with the sector or on topics that are relevant to the sector; Rotherham CCG’s Accountable Officer attends annually.  These are publicised through the VAR Newsletter and on their website.

In addition, the CCG works with Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) to provide a team of health champions who promote and share messages across our communities, focused on cancer, diabetes and the Rotherham Health App. The champions are made of of local people who are interested in engaging with local people on key health messages in Rotherham.

VAR also run the local Social Prescribing Service, supporting people in taking control of their own health.  https://www.varotherham.org.uk/