October 10, 2022

New People’s Panel for West Yorkshire

Image of people of different ages and ethnicities smiling next to a map of West Yorkshire.Do you want to help ensure West Yorkshire health and care services work for everyone? Get involved in shaping a new 'people's panel' and make a difference for all our communities.

People across West Yorkshire are being asked to help shape a new people’s panel which will play an important role in advising health and care services across the area.  We already have strong mechanisms in place to hear from people at a local level and want to build on this by giving people an opportunity to also have a voice at a West Yorkshire level.

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), which plans and delivers health and care services for the people of West Yorkshire, has asked West Yorkshire Healthwatch organisations, the independent health and care champions, to develop a new panel. The panel will be made up of people and communities from across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District and aims to empower people to have their say about health and care services and to put the voice of people at the heart of decision-making at a West Yorkshire level.

Working with existing and new networks across local areas, people will have the opportunity to get involved in influencing decisions made by the new NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Board.

Anyone interested in helping to shape the panel is invited to take part in a survey and share their thoughts and ideas, including what the panel will be called and how people could be supported to get involved. The survey can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/wypanel22 – alternatively, for a paper copy or to request alternative formats, or to be taken through the questions on the phone, contact Healthwatch Wakefield on 01924 787 379. The survey closes for comments on the Friday 11th of November 2022.

Sharanjit Boughan, West Yorkshire Healthwatch: “Ensuring diverse voices are heard from across the area is essential to help health and care services meet the needs of all our communities. We especially want to hear the voices of those who experience the greatest health inequalities and who we might not usually hear from. Please come forward and get involved”.

Cathy Elliott, Chair of the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board said: “As the independent champion for anyone using health and care services, Healthwatch is a key partner within WY HCP and ideally placed to do this essential work on our behalf. We really want to reach as many people as possible, so that we can make sure people’s feedback and experiences of local services are heard at the highest level. This is ultimately all about making the right decisions and ones that make a positive difference to everyone’s lives”.


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