GP practices in North Dorset are inviting people to help shape the future healthcare in their community by joining their local Patient Group either in person or virtually.
Keith Harrison, Patient & Public Involvement Development Worker in North Dorset explains: “Every patient registered at a practice is eligible to be involved as a member of their Patient Group and hearing their experiences and opinions is very important when it comes to developing services. We are however fully aware that some people may want to have their say but cannot attend meetings whether it be that they can’t spare the time or have difficulty in travelling. It is these people we are hoping to attract to your virtual groups. ‘Virtual’ means that the group does not meet in person but instead members are sent information and asked to give views and opinions via email or by post.”
NHS Dorset is committed to maintaining high standards of primary health care and developing services that patients need to stay healthy. A well organised and effective Patient Group in each practice can:
Improve communication between the practice and its patients through surveys, newsletters, the practice website and word of mouth;
Contribute the ‘patient voice’ to the decision making process of the practice, the Locality and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG);
Actively promote good health and encouraging self-care;
Help the practice to run health promotion events and put patients in touch with sources of support.
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact their local GP surgery or Keith Harrison, PPI Development Worker - 07825 691508 / Keith.Harrison@dorsetccg.nhs.uk