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Ways to get involved

In this section you can find out about the different ways you can get involved and give your views.

Engagement and consultation

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.

Click here to go to the Engagement and Consultations Page

Engagement Champions

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.

Surraya Bibi from Halifax Opportunities Trust explains how being an Engagement Champion has helped her engage with people around healthcare commissioning in her local area in Halifax.

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

If you’d like to know more about becoming an Engagement Champion you can find out more by downloading the Engagement Champion leaflet or by contacting CVAC at engagement@cvac.org.uk

Patient Participation Groups

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

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.

Involving People Network

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.

If you would like to join the network or would like more information please contact Jill Dufton jill.dufton1@nhs.net or Megan Russell Megan.Russell@vsialliance.org.uk

Equality Health Panel

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 angwenvickers@nhs.net

You can also find out more on the Equality and Diversity page on our website.

Governing Body Meetings

A number of our Governing Body Meetings are held in public. Come along and listen to the discussion and find out more about what we do. You can also submit questions in advance.

Public events

We organise a range of public events throughout the year. These are open to all and include the opportunity to find out more about the work of the CCG, meet staff, and have your say.

Details of our upcoming public events can be found on our events page.