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Public can come and vote for their local health representative at Furness Listening Event

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Public can come and vote for their local health representative at Furness Listening Event

Posted on Monday 23rd June 2014

Members of the public from the Furness area will get the chance to vote for a Lay Representative who will become a local voice on health issues in their community at the Furness Listening Event at The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness on Thursday 26 June from 6pm.  

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning (CCG) recently carried out a recruitment exercise encouraging people to come forward who have a keen interest in health care and health care services that want to give patients and the public a voice in the area where they live. 

NHS Cumbria CCG Furness locality received six applications from local people interested in becoming a Lay Representative in the Furness area. 

Due to the very positive response, and to make sure the public get a chance to vote for who they think should represent them, the Furness locality is offering members of the public a chance to vote at the Furness Listening Event on Thursday 26 June from 6pm.  

Dr Arabella Onslow, Deputy Lead GP for NHS Cumbria CCG Furness, said: “In Furness, these six candidates have put their name forward to be elected by the public to sit on our local health board and we will have two sitting on the board. One representative will be voted in by the public, the other will be an appointment from the remaining five, taking into account the public’s remaining preferences, but with a view to providing a balance. This was proposed and agreed by both the candidates and the GP leads.

"The Lay Representatives will help the GPs and managers in Furness understand what the public’s priorities are and to scrutinise the processes involved in health care delivery.  People can come along and vote from 6pm onwards and there will also be an opportunity to discuss the role of the Lay Representatives with GPs and local hospital staff, as well as raise any other issues that people would like us to hear about.” 

The Lay Representatives would be expected to fully participate in the local executive monthly meetings, be prepared to voice opinions and contribute to discussions constructively as well as respecting confidentiality when necessary.  They would act as a critical friend on health matters, deliver conflicting ideas and provide feedback from patients and members of the public from within their local community.  All volunteer Lay Representatives would be provided with support, training and reasonable expenses from NHS Cumbria CCG with the time commitment expected to be attendance at meetings once a month and at their local Healthwatch Hub at least once a quarter, plus time to read and digest papers prior to the meetings. 

Anyone who wishes to vote or wants to have their say on local NHS services and share their experiences is welcome at the Furness Listening Event on Thursday 26 June at The Forum from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.  The event is in collaboration with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) and NHS Cumbria CCG.  

Link to Lay Representative Candidates|

Posted on Monday 23rd June 2014

 

 
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