Local people keen to influence the future of the NHS have been encouraged to have their say during a series of engagement events in North Lincolnshire recently.
The Government is investing £20 billion in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan and the team of staff and volunteers have been out and about asking people to contribute their views to help shape services in the local area.
Independent health and care champion Healthwatch North Lincolnshire joined colleagues from across the country to launch the ‘What would you do?’ engagement campaign on 4 March to encourage local people to share their views about what changes to local NHS services should look like.
‘What would you do’ is the largest piece of collective engagement work undertaken by the Healthwatch network to date, and all 148 Healthwatch organisations have been involved.
Carrie Butler, Manager of Healthwatch North Lincolnshire said: “We have been overwhelmed with the public reaction to the engagement campaign. To date we have received over 600 responses, the highest number of responses received by any Healthwatch in England.
“This is an amazing achievement for our small team and it shows that local people really do care about the future of their local NHS.
“We want to hear from as many people, groups and communities as possible to ensure the local plans reflect the needs of our population. We want to hear about what works, what doesn’t and how people think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”
Members of the public are being encouraged to act quickly as the survey closes on 30 April.
The public can share their views in one of our online surveys available on our website-
A focus group is also being held on 29 April to find out local peoples experiences of Cancer services.
Spaces are still available, and anyone interested in being should contact Carrie Butler on 01724 844986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org