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Event inspires action

Sam Walters presenting at the Call to Action event

Sam Walters discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the NHS

On Wednesday 29 January, health leaders from NHS Rushcliffe, Nottingham North and East, Nottingham City and Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Groups met with members of the public to debate the future of the NHS locally.

Event organisers from the four areas had appealed for local residents to come along and help to plan the reshaping of services. The response was outstanding, with around 100 people attending the event at Nottingham Forest Football Club.

With NHS jargon literally being given the red card, the event was a melting pot of ideas and discussion, with people sharing their experiences and asking the panel some probing questions.

The event kicked off with a presentation from Sam Walters, Chief Officer at Nottingham North and East CCG, who talked about the purpose of the ‘Call to Action’ activity; looked at the current reality facing health and social care services in the area; and stressed the importance of ensuring that patients were at the heart of developing the service.

Further presentations covered patient participation, delivered by Sarah Varah from National Association for Patient Participation, and a look at health inequalities from Giles Matsell, Head of Equality and Diversity at Nottingham University Hospital Trusts.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who participated in the event. Your views are vital as we move forward to transform and improve local NHS services. There were far too many questions for the panel to answer on the day but we are well on our way to providing a response to all questions, and they will be available to be viewed here in the coming weeks.

This event is part of a series of ‘A Call to Action’ events hosted by NHS Nottingham North and East, NHS Nottingham West, NHS Nottingham City and NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Groups, who together are responsible for planning and buying £900m of health services for a population of 650,000 people.

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