Ways to get involved
In this section you can find out about the different ways you can get involved and give your views.
Throughout the year, we run a number of activities designed to include local people in the decision-making process and have their say about future services. You’ll find details of all ongoing engagement and consultation activities, as well as information about previous work here.
Helping to give our communities a voice. Peoples views really matter to us, the feedback we receive will contribute to the further improvement of local health and care services.
Engagement Champions are individuals working in the voluntary and community sector who are trained to engage with the local population on our behalf. By working with volunteers in this way the response to our conversations has strengthened and increased, particularly among seldom heard groups.
There are currently 36 Engagement Champions from 17 organisations from across Calderdale who are approved engagement providers, who support conversations about health care services with residents and communities. We are working in partnership with Calderdale Voluntary and Community (CVAC) to recruit and train more.
Training is mandatory and delivered online over four, 2.5 hour sessions and has five elements,
- Understanding how the NHS works
- Legal and statutory duties of the NHS
- Methods and approaches to engagement and consultation
- A practical task
- Equalities, safeguarding and review and evaluation
Many of our practices now have a Patient Participation Group (PPG). A PPG is a group of patients interested in health and care services and peoples experiences of those services who want to get involved with and support the running of their local GP Practice and contribute to the continuing improvement and development of your local GP practice.
If you are interested in becoming a member of your PPG please contact your local practice for further information.
Resources to support PRGs can be accessed here. [link to the resources section]
Calderdale Health Forum (HF) provides patient input into key CCG priorities and potential service redesign. Members are also informed of additional engagement opportunities as they arise. Health Forum members are representatives of Calderdale GP practices who have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) and will automatically become a member of the Calderdale Health Forum.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Health Forum has been suspended temporarily.
The Involving People Network is a diverse group of professionals who work with our communities to understand their needs and celebrate the great things that are happening in local areas. The network share knowledge, skills and resources and provide peer to peer support to involving local people and our communities.
Our Equality Health Panel provides an opportunity, quarterly, for protected groups and their representatives to share their views, information and feedback with the CCG and our providers to promote equality in the Calderdale healthcare system. The Equality Health Panel is a forum where the voices of those people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and other disadvantaged groups are represented in the health care system; and it brings together commissioners, health care providers, stakeholders and local communities to identify areas for improvement and suggest recommendations.
The Equality Health Panels are currently on hold because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in joining the panel or would like more information please contact Angwen Vickers on 07432721304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more on the Equality and Diversity page on our website.