We believe that communicating and engaging with our local population is key to achieving our vision. We are committed to putting the patient first and applying the principle of ‘No decision about me without me’ in our commissioning approach.
The population of Oxfordshire is diverse and each community has different needs. It is important for us to understand this diversity to ensure health services are planned properly and provide equity in terms of access, experience and outcomes for everyone.
By making sure that the voices of patients, carers and voluntary organisations are heard and that their opinions and suggestions are considered, we are better able to consistently commission high quality services. The experiences and knowledge of patients and the public are at the heart of the decisions we make and are invaluable in identifying areas of waste and key in finding solutions.
How you can get involved
There are many ways that you can get involved and influence your local NHS services in Oxfordshire:
- Join your local Patient Participation Group (PPG) at your GP practice and get involved in the PPG Forum in your Locality
- Talking Health - our current online consultation and engagement activities Including:
- Discussion Forums
- Public events and workshops
- Commenting on leaflets and documents
- Talking Health newsletter – keeping you up-to-date on all current engagement activities
- Social Media - follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to hear about the latest events, surveys and meetings
- Board meetings held in public every two months. Submit your question to the Board here
- Make a complaint about GP or hospital services
- Patient experience survey
- NHS England surveys and consultations
- Healthwatch Oxfordshire - an independent organisation that gathers patient feedback to influence health and social care services
- Involvement opportunities at your local hospital
- The Equality Reference Group (ERG) - a patient reference group to address any equality and diversity issues in relation to patients and services.
- Volunteer as a Patient rep on one of our health projects or programme boards. Email us and let us know your area of interest and we will be in touch as soon as a relevant opportunity arises.
You can also contact the Communications and Engagement team directly with your feedback by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org