Involving service users, patients, carers, families and partners began from the earliest days of integration.
The Public Reference Group (PRG) was set up in 2012 with membership including users of services, carers, service user and staff representatives and partners. The members played a central role in supporting the wide ranging and depth of reach when it came to consulting and engaging on the Integration Scheme, Localities Plan and Strategic Plan.
This group has evolved to form the Participation & Engagement Network (P&EN). The Participation and Engagement Strategy is central to our approach.
Members are heavily involved in our rolling programme to reach out to the hundreds of patient and service user representatives, partner agencies and staff to glean views and to ensure the voices of Fife are heard.
Chair of the P&EN, Ian Dall sits as the public representative on the Integration Joint Board.
“I represent the voice of the public and of carers. I am also a member of the People’s Panel. Through this I hope to help shape and reform services so people get the right care, at the right time, by the right people.”
Their experience, knowledge and skills will help us keep pace and ensure continued representation at local level as the Partnership looks at service change and what this means for communities.
“The Participation and Engagement Network allows the people of Fife to make known their views on the impact of Health and Social Care integration on the services available to them both locally and Fife-wide.”
John Stirling, Chairperson, Disabilities Fife
“The new Participation and Engagement Strategy has been developed by people who have “hands on” experience alongside the professionals who operate the systems. This will now give us the vehicle which will connect the Health and Social Services with the public who use the services on a daily basis through sickness and disability.”
Carer representative, Peter Hibberd
For more information or to find out more please contact:
Patient Relations Department & Participation & Engagement Network
1st Floor, Hayfield House
Direct Line: 01592-643355 x 28154