Healthwatch organisations in the north east and north Cumbria have been funded to support us in developing approaches to explaining, engaging and involving the public about the emerging ICS and the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP).
Tell Us North have been commissioned to lead and support a coordinated approach across local Healthwatch boundaries. This includes providing representation across the six key work streams mentioned above and facilitating a network of local Healthwatch organisations to act as a ‘critical friend’ when we’re considering how best to engage and involve the public. Healthwatch Darlington has been commissioned to lead on engagement with the public about the LTP across the north east.
A range of engagement activities led by Healthwatch are already taking place across the region, including ‘what would you do’ surveys, seeking views on the LTP. Focus groups are being held with the public across priority LTP areas such as mental health, cancer, primary care and long term conditions.
Key activities so far have included:
- An ‘ask the panel’ event delivered in May by Young Healthwatch in South Tyneside, about the accessibility of mental health services, and workshops in Sunderland for people with long terms conditions.
- A black, asian and minority ethnic focus group in Darlington with an emphasis on self-management , primary care and community services
- Sessions in Redcar and Cleveland with patients, carers, children and young people with charity SEND, to start conversations about personalised care and actively involving people in their own care.