Have your say and help the NHS get better

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Rugby people are being asked to have their say on local health services and take part in NHS Change Day tomorrow (Wednesday).

NHS Change Day is a national event taking place across the country.

Volunteers from the NHS locally will be out and about in Rugby to encourage members of the public to get involved.

People will be invited to suggest their own ideas, however great or small, to improve local health services as well as being given an opportunity to take part in a survey to understand more about patient views of NHS services in the area.

NHS Change Day events will be taking place tomorrow at Asda in Chapel Street and the Clock Towers Shopping Centre in Rugby.

The events will also give people a chance to find out more about the changes being made locally to the NHS.

From the April 1, NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be responsible for planning, buying and monitoring healthcare services for local people.

The CCG’s Governing Body is made up of representatives of local GP practices from Coventry and Rugby, other clinicians, Lay Members and Senior Executives.

The CCG will be working closely with people and organisations in their communities so they can make the right decisions about healthcare in the future. On NHS Change Day there will also be an opportunity for people to get involved in a new Health Champions scheme to keep in touch with CCG developments and share feedback on a regular basis.

NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG’s Charles Holmes, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement in Coventry, says: “Involving local people in developing health services is really important. Only by listening to patients about their experiences of health services will we be able to fully understand what works well and what doesn’t. NHS Change Day is a great opportunity to do this.”

Pamela Sampson, NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG’s Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement in Rugby, says: “We are really looking forward to being out in our communities, listening to local people about health services and what matters most to them. We all have our part to play in making the NHS the best it can be and we can only achieve all this by working better together.”

The national aim for NHS Change Day is for 65,000 people to take part across the country, 65 being the number of years the NHS has been in existence.

For more information visit the NHS Change Day website at http://www.changemodel.nhs.uk/changeday.