NHS Isle of Wight is writing to Island residents who offered during surveys in 2010 to get more involved in the development of health services for Islanders.
More Islanders than anywhere else in the NHS South Central region offer their help during surveys and NHS Isle of Wight Chief Executive Kevin Flynn says: “Greater participation in health produces better services. Ensuring that our services meet the needs of Islanders is important to us and we are keen that more people get involved.
It is great that people said they would be interested in working more closely with the NHS and we are writing directly to them. We would also be interested in hearing from anyone else who wants to become involved in supporting the Islands health services.”
Members of the Isle of Wight’s Patient Panel are invited to complete a short questionnaire to establish their areas of interest.
Their details will be held by the PCTs Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator. Panel Members are invited to:
- Be patient representatives on committees developing services and policies
- Take part in surveys and questionnaires about services
- Contribute to discussion groups and working groups tasked with reviewing services
- Review patient information including development of the organisations website
Chairman of the Island’s Patient Council, Mike Carr, says: “We’re looking for members of the public from across the Island, including younger people, who want to help us develop health services for Islanders, Patients and the public are the most important people in the health service and we need to ensure that our health services are the best quality services possible. Involvement of patients and the public makes it more likely that the services provided will meet the needs of local people.”
Anyone who wants to join the NHS Patient Panel should write to Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator, General Management Offices, St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport, PO30 5TG or e-mail PPI@iow.nhs.uk or telephone 01983-822099 Ext 5703.