Patients sought to help shape local NHS services

People in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole are being encouraged to join a patient panel so they can have a say on local health services. 

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is looking to expand its existing patient panel, which gives the people who use hospital services a voice in the organisation.

Both current and former patients are being sought to get more involved and take part in engagement and consultation activities when they are needed.

Jo Loughborough quality matron with a lead for patient experience at the Trust, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and these are the people who use and rely on our services.

“If we’re looking at making improvements or making changes to services we want to involve them.

“We value the opinions of our patients so it’s important we have the opportunity to listen to them and to get their perspective.”

The current panel of volunteers is made up a small number of people who help with reviewing documents, making suggestions for service improvements and taking part in service reviews.

The Trust is part of the Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which will ensure services develop and change over the coming years to meet the changing needs of the population. The Trust and the local clinical commissioning groups, who plan and buy NHS services for the local area, will involve the public in shaping future services.

Jo added: “Do you want to have a say in improving and changing your hospital’s services? Do you want to be the voice for patients and their needs? By being part of this voluntary group you will be making a difference.”

For more information on joining the patient panel, please contact Jo on 03033 303091 or by emailing Joanna.loughborough@nhs.net






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