Have your say in Essex health and care services for families

Virgin Care and children’s charity Barnardo’s are inviting local people to attend informal drop in events to share their views for the continual review and improvement of the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing service, which launched in April 2017.

Virgin Care and Barnardo’s are commissioned by Essex County Council and NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to provide care and support to children and families.Citizens_Panel_ebanner_640x159-01

Healthy Family Teams working from local children’s centres (now called Family Hubs) and affiliated sites throughout North, West, South and Mid-Essex deliver care and activities including heath visiting, school nursing, parenting support and youth support as well as the coordination of activities provided by other services and agencies from these sites.

In addition, in West Essex, Virgin Care provides community children’s health services ranging from community paediatrics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, specialist school nursing, community children’s nursing, allergy clinic, continence and dietetic services.

The Citizens’ Panel events will be an opportunity for local people to engage with the service, and for Virgin Care and Barnardo’s to listen to experiences so far. It will also provide people with a chance to get involved in key transformation projects in progress and due to start and hear about the work Healthy Family Teams have been doing from Family Hubs over the last few months.

Richard Comerford, Managing Director of the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Services, said: “We’re keen to listen to views people will have on our services and those they have on the needs of children and families generally. Feedback we receive will broaden our thinking and focus our approach for developing, changing and improving the services we deliver to local people. Therefore, we are urging interested Essex residents to engage with the Citizen’s Panels we are running.” 

The series of events are –  

  • Friday 2 March, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Brambles Family Hub, Epping Forest
  • Monday 12 March, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Carousel Centre Braintree
  • Saturday 17 March, 2pm – 4pm, Allabout Family Delivery Site, Basildon
  • Thursday 22 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Berechurch Children’s Centre, Colchester
  • Saturday 12 May, 10.00am – 12.00pm, Treehouse Centre, Harlow
  • Monday 18 June, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Sydney House Children’s Centre, Clacton 

Those who want to attend should register and find out more at http://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/citizens-panel. People do not need to be using the service to attend the events. 

Local people are also invited to join the Essex Citizens’ Panel to receive regular newsletters and updates, share their opinions by participating in surveys and research, give views on service options or take part in workshops and other projects to share personal knowledge and experience.

To sign up for the Citizens Panel go to the online membership form at http://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/citizens-panel or request a hard copy membership form by calling 07580 913806.

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