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Locality – West – May 2015

Forum Joins Forces with HealthWatch Oxfordshire

The locality’s Public and Patient Forum will be getting a helping hand from HealthWatch Oxfordshire from June 2015.  OCCG is funding this new arrangement to help build on the Forum’s growing partnerships with other local charities and voluntary bodies.  Both groups share the same approach to their work which involves listening to local people’s views and experiences of health services to see how they can be further improved.  

Graham Shelton, Chair of the Forum, said: ‘I am delighted that we can work hand-in-hand with HealthWatch Oxfordshire.  We have much in common and together we’ll be better able to listen to and champion the patient voice in the locality’.  

HealthWatch Oxfordshire will support the Forum’s meetings and activities, helping members to further engage with local people. Rachel Coney, Chief Executive at HealthWatch Oxfordshire, said: ‘We both have a common purpose in wanting health services that reflect the needs of patients – we can only achieve this by listening to local people’s views and presenting them to decision makers.’ The new arrangement will be piloted for a year.



What do You think about local NHS Services? Join Us in Eynsham and share your views.

Drop in to share your views and experiences of local NHS services at Eynsham Community Day next month. The event will take place at Eynsham Village Hall, on Saturday 6 June (10am to 2pm) and everyone is welcome to take part.

The locality’s Patient and Public Forum has organised the day and want to hear your thoughts, suggestions and stories about local health services you have used in the Eynsham and Long Hanborough areas. They will have a stand at the event and you are welcome to drop by and have a chat with them.

Roy Thomas, event organiser and a patient representative on the Locality’s Steering Group, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to get your voice heard, and all your ideas and views about shaping the NHS in West Oxfordshire will be included anonymously in a report prepared for OCCG. 

Roy addedd: ‘If you leave your contact details at the event, we’ll make sure you receive a copy of the report. These days patients really do have a voice and this is your chance to influence OCCG’s decisions about commissioning health care in Oxfordshire.’

To find out more or to get involved, email: or call 01993 881 011.


For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email:


Information about the Locality

There are nine GP practices in the Locality with nearly 80,000 patients. Dr Miles Carter is the Locality Clinical Director who is supported by Dr Kiren Collison.

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