Denise Weremczuk.jpgTwo of our Governors are part of county-wide efforts to improve public engagement across the wider health communities.

Public Governor for Bolsover Denise Weremczuk and Partner Governor Lynn Tory attended a meeting of the newly created Lay/Patient Reference Group, formed in the wake of the decision to merge the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Derbyshire into a single CCG covering Derby and Derbyshire.

Each CCG had developed its own approach to public engagement but, in the spirit of Joined Up Care Derbyshire and encouraging a county-wide approach to patient care, this singular approach will be replicated whilst maintaining a local focus.

Denise (right) and Lynn (below) have been invited to join the initial discussions thanks to their involvement in previous engagement roles and, for the hospital and its Foundation Trust membership, it’s of particular benefit to have governor representation.

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 Denise said: “We met as a group for close to two and a half hours and it was a very productive meeting. There was a presentation that laid out the realities   of the financial position and the services that are commissioned which was very useful and set the context for how the Engagement Committee, as it will     be known, will work.

 “There will be further meetings to come but this is the first attempt at coming together with a joined up approach to public engagement. It’s great to have   the providers represented through ourselves and this process showcases a genuine attempt to get public engagement across the county right and create a   worthwhile process to make it as effective as possible.”

 The meeting, which took place in Clay Cross, was designed to discuss who should attend future groups and what the current and potential future   engagement structure will look like. Those attending were all from the patient reference and engagement groups from the four CCGs, others are likely to be invited over the course of the initial few meetings.