We were fortunate enough to have a new Chief Executive commence with us who came from NHS UK. He has considerable experience working with patients/community and making them at the centre of everything we do. To that end, he established a Community Partnerships portfolio which looks after the advisory council and consumer advisory committees around our District (look after a population of around 900,000 people). We have just had our first community partnership strategy signed off as well as the delivery plan.
Our three main goals are: 1. increase community participation and engagement. 2. Ensure that community voices are genuinely heard and understood and 3. Improve our responsiveness towards a co-producing approach to health services and delivery.
As you can imagine it has taken us about 12 months to get this far – as for results…… that’s something that I will have to update you on in about 6 months time. Very exiting times ahead – and really embracing putting our patients/community at the centre of what we do.