New Citizens’ Panel launches in West Lancashire

Virgin Care are encouraging residents throughout West Lancashire to stay up to date with the organisation’s transformation work in the county and to get involved with what’s happening in their area to help make decisions on the best ways to further improve  health services.

Virgin Care runs Adult Community Services and Urgent Care Services on behalf of the NHS in West Lancashire which includes community nursing and Skelmersdale and Ormskirk Walk in Centres.

Everyone from service users, carers or members of the public with an interest in local healthcare can sign up to be part of the new Citizens’ Panel to keep informed about what the organisation is doing.  Members can choose from three different levels of involvement, ‘informed’, ‘asked’ or ‘involved’ and will be offered opportunities to take part in initiatives, for example, surveys asking them how they think we’re doing locally, and be given a chance to get involved in improving health services via events and steering groups. They’ll also receive news updates on a regular basis based on their chosen service areas of interest.

More than 20 people have signed up to be part of the panel so far.

The first Citizens’ Panel meeting will take place on Thursday 22 February from 10am to 12pm. The meeting will be an introductory meeting and an opportunity to find about more about the work of the transformation team who are redesigning Adult Community Services and Urgent Care Services in the county to make services better for patients.

Michelle Lee, Managing Director for Virgin Care in West Lancashire, said: “The Citizens’ Panels are groups of local people who shape health and care services by offering their views and insight into what matters for them, helping us set priorities and develop solutions. Those who choose to join could be patients, carers, or members of the public who have an interest in healthcare.  The panel is a key part of Virgin Care’s work and will make a real difference to the people who use our services.

“The more people who join, the better our services will be – and we hope over the next year that our exciting projects will encourage more people who have yet to sign up come and be part of something very exciting in West Lancashire.”

People can sign up now at: www.citizenspanel.co.uk

Virgin Care runs Adult Community Services and Urgent Care Services in West Lancashire on behalf of the local NHS.

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