As part of the way the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is reshaping the way they engage with local communities they have the following voluntary opportunities on their Patient Reference Group (PRG).

There are two ways you, or someone you know, can get involved.  They are looking for volunteers who live, work or use health services in mid Essex to be:

Community Champions – In this voluntary role you will be truly at the heart of your community. They want to hear from volunteers who already know and have contacts across the board with anyone and everyone who has an interest in their local community to make sure they create a truly two-way conversation with patients.

You’ll attend monthly PRG meetings and inform discussions with commissioners, as well as update the group on other local initiatives in your area.  They’re also looking for volunteers who are happy to use their community contacts to help when MECCG are running engagement programmes to reach as many of the 380,000 patient population as possible. You’ll be supported by the Communications and Engagement team and they’re also looking for volunteers who aren’t afraid to get out and about and initiate conversations.

Commissioning Champions – If you have an interest in a particular part of the local NHS, or have first hand experience of using local NHS services then MECCG would love to hear from you to become one of their volunteer Commissioning Champions. You’ll join a bank of volunteers with specific interests and, when the CCG starts designing a commissioning proposal, they will get in touch to ask your opinions on what MECCG can do to make it better.

To register your interest simply email your name and contact details, and MECCG will be in touch to ask your healthcare areas of interest. When they start looking at services, they will contact you to see if you are interested in getting involved.

For a copy of the role descriptions for either Community Champions or Commissioning Champions, or if you wish to discuss this further, please contact patrick.john@nhs.net or call on 01376 531145.

Please could you let the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) know of your interest before 2 July 2015.

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