Gather all people to help improve the NHS

NHS England’s Head of Public Voice introduces the next stage of NHS Citizen:

There have been a few delays – as described in Tim Kelsey’s blog post here – but we are really pleased to announce the start of the next stage of NHS Citizen.

NHS England has supported the development of NHS Citizen to establish a way for citizens to play a more active role in NHS England’s decision making in the future.

Right now you can join NHS Citizen Gather and start talking to other citizens about how the NHS in England can improve and how everyone can contribute to making those improvements happen.

This is the start of the first full NHS Citizen process, which will lead to the next NHS Citizen Assembly later in the year.

The Assembly will bring together the public and senior leaders and decision makers from the NHS to discuss five of the issues that have been taken from NHS Citizen Gather conversations.

Everyone who joins in with the NHS Citizen Gather can:

  • Start discussions on how the NHS can improve by posting ideas, suggestions and evidence
  • Join discussions and comment on what other people are saying
  • Contribute evidence and insights to develop the discussion
  • Vote to support the discussions you think are important

People can contribute to Gather until the September 11th. A Citizens’ Jury will then choose five issues to go to an NHS Citizen Assembly meeting in November 2015 to be discussed by citizens and the most senior NHS leaders.

To get more detail of how you can be a part of the Gather, visit the NHS Citizen website . But there are plenty of ways to get involved, including:

Last year we ran a test of the NHS Citizen Gather and Assembly processes which led to five issues being discussed by the board of NHS England and citizens. You can see all the Gather discussions from last year with their responses. And you can also find out what happened to the five issues discussed at the test Assembly Meeting in September 2014.

NHS Citizen - Ways to be involved

Olivia Butterworth

Olivia leads the Patient and Public Voice team at NHS England. Olivia’s responsibilities include promoting citizen participation and engagement in all aspects of NHS England business.

Major work areas include building a citizen voice ‘assembly’, the strategic relationship with the voluntary sector, the partnership with Healthwatch England, participation in specialised commissioning and facilitating NHS England’s wider engagement approaches.

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