People have a say on the future of the NHS – Victor Adebowale
The future of the NHS lies in it belonging to the people, designing services they understand and can use requires them to be fully involved in decisions we make. To make this a reality we need to be brave about being radical.
On Thursday the 18th of September the NHS England Board and senior
managers will be talking about five important issues for NHS England
(this is the first test of the NHS Citizen Assembly). What will be
different is that these issues have been suggested by NHS Citizens,
submitted publicly, considered and scrutinised online and then selected
at an agenda setting process (that will be run) on the 1st of September
which can be watched online.
Those discussions at the Assembly won’t be run by the board members
or the senior managers, but they will join and take part on an equal
footing with citizens before they reflect back on what they have heard
and can take away.
This meeting, of 250 people, will then run into the formal AGM.
This way of working gives NHS England a real opportunity to think differently
about how they work with citizens and challenges traditional approaches to
involvement and agenda setting. There is still time for individuals to
influence the agenda and they are encouraged to get involved.
There will be online conversations #nhscitizen and webcast – visit the NHS Citizen website for more information.