How you can get involved
Your views and experiences offer valuable insight into what matters most when it comes to local health services. There are many ways to make your voice heard.
Engagement and public involvement activity
Before we make changes to health services, or commission new ones, we aim to seek the views of local people, including patients and carers.
When these projects arise, we publish background information and may run surveys or hold stakeholder events to help you to have your say.
From time to time, we’ll seek your views on our proposals and the different options available to us.
See our approach to public involvement to find out more about our ongoing programme of engagement.
Join our contact list
Join our contact list to receive quarterly newsletters with all our latest news, including up-and-coming engagement and involvement.
Patient participation groups
Ask your GP about joining their patient participation group or patient reference group – most of our member practices have one. These are groups of local patients working together to improve NHS health services in North Somerset through various activities. Carers’ views are especially important.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter
Attending a meeting in public
You are welcome to attend one of our Governing Body or Joint Commissioning Committee meetings which are both meetings held in public. You may ask a question or make a statement at these meetings.
Other local opportunities
Children and Adolescent Mental Health
NHS England has launched a consultation on five service specifications for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) Tier 4.
These specifications have been developed with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public representatives. A formal 90 day public consultation and a series of webinars and face to face events will take place during the coming months. The closing date for responses is 28 February 2017.
For more information and to give your views, please follow the link below.
Join the new consumer and patient champion for local health and social care, Healthwatch, to ensure your voice is heard. Visitthe Healthwatch North Somerset website or call 01275 851400.
You can also read reports written by Healthwatch North Somerset in our online library:
Attend local Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel meetings
North Somerset Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel meets regularly to look at developments and changes in the NHS. Their meetings are open to the public.
People in Health West of England
People in Health West of England (PHWE) is a new initiative promoting innovative and effective public involvement in research and evidence-based service improvement. Visit their website for details on how you can get involved:
Maternity Voices provides information about your options for maternity care and birth, and local sources of advice and support.
Give feedback on your experiences and get involved in the activities of Maternity Voices, the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Rheumatology Service and Rheumatology Therapies Service - RUH
Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath Foundation Trust are planning to relocate the outpatient services currently provided by the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases’ (RNHRD) Rheumatology Therapies Service from their current location at the Mineral Hospital site to a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre on the RUH's Combe Park site in 2018. The new Centre will bring together a number of outpatient services from the RUH and RNHRD which support patients to live independently in the community.
From October 2016 to January 2017, RUH will be engaging with patients, staff, community groups, healthcare partners and any other relevant partners of this service to make sure they get this right, so they can continue to provide the same high quality services and patients can continue to be seen and treated by the same teams.
Follow the link below to find out more about the changes and how to give your views.