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Members of the public can help shape local health services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is offering a chance for members of the public to get involved in shaping local health services.

It is looking for new members to join its Patient and Public Engagement Committee (PPEC). PPEC ensures that patients and the public have been involved in decisions made about local NHS services.

Alison Borrett, BCCG Governing Body Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement, said:

“The Patient Representatives act as an ambassador for residents in Bedfordshire, provide them with the opportunity to voice their opinions on local service changes and provide us with a link back to the communities which we want to engage with.”

Qualifications or healthcare work experience is not needed

Representatives do not need to have qualifications or experience working in healthcare. Applicants must have an active interest in local health services. They also need some experience using NHS services in Bedfordshire. This could be either for themselves or for someone they have cared for.

Cheryl Green, Patient and Public Representative for BCCG, said:

“I joined the PPEC because I believe that it is very important for the patients and public voice to be heard by the commissioners and it allows me to have the opportunity to have a say on local NHS service changes.”


Members cannot focus on an individual concern such as Cranfield Surgery

The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle asked if joining PPEC would enable a resident to help to speed up the process to improve GP services in Cranfield. A BCCG spokesperson said:

“The Patient and Public Representatives on the PPEC are asked to represent the residents of Bedfordshire and look at the healthcare system as a whole, providing the patient voice in discussions with commissioners.

“Individual concerns would need to be addressed through the normal routes such as our enquiries team and do not fall within the remit of the Patient and Public Engagement Committee.”

PPEC membership would not allow a member to focus on Cranfield Surgery

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 1:00pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

If you would like more information, a role description and application form are available on the BCCG website.