7 June 2012
NHS Grampian...involving YOU
Did you know that you can get involved with the work of NHS Grampian?
Patients, carers and members of the public from across Grampian are involved in lots of different ways helping to make a difference to services now and for the future.
By getting involved you could influence the design of local health buildings; the development of services in community settings; patient safety and hand hygiene in hospitals; improvements to services such as maternity, diabetes, cancer and NHS policies and strategies.
One way you can get involved is by joining NHS Grampian's Public Forum - a group of patients, carers and members of the public who meet four times a year to discuss topical health issues. You and a friend or family member can come along to our next meeting that is taking place on Wednesday 13th June 2012, at Curl Aberdeen from 6.30pm-8.30pm. This meeting will be attended by members of NHS Grampian's senior management team and you will have the opportunity to ask questions, listen to the discussion and to meet new people.
Public Involvement manager, Laura Dodds said: "You can choose to be involved in a way that fits in with you. We are looking for all kinds of people of all ages to get involved. No qualifications are needed, just an interest in health and local health services. Getting involved offers opportunities to meet new people and keep up to date with local health issues and information. It not only looks good on your CV, but also makes a huge difference to the health service in Grampian."
Wilma Forrest, is a public representative from Aberdeen: "I have been working as a public representative with NHS Grampian for six years. I have been involved in various projects including the production of customer comment cards, developing part of the syllabus for medical students, raising public awareness of MRSA and talking to hospital staff about public volunteering."
"I enjoy what I am doing as I am treated with respect and as an equal partner. Changes in practice following comments I have made have shown me that staff have listened and acted on what I have said. It's good to know that as a public representative I can sometimes make a difference for patients and staff."
If you are interested in finding out more about involvement opportunities or if you would like to attend the next Public Forum meeting please contact the NHS Grampian Public Involvement team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01224 558098. More information can also be found on our website www.nhsgrampian.org/involvingyou