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Engagement & Involvement

We know how important it is to have carers views heard by those who make the decisions about what and how services are delivered.

We regularly promote opportunities for carers to get involved with consultations and decision making exercises made by local stakeholders and service providers including health and social care.

We share information about national and local organisations who conduct research seeking to improve services for carers and those they care for.

We also encourage carers and provide information about how to get involved in more in depth participation through the co-production of services and ongoing development work of our partners.

We do this by:

  • promoting consultation and engagement opportunities across a wide range of issues that affect carers.
  • offering supported consultation sessions where carers can discuss questions being asked and the issues raised, in a group setting.
  • conduct 1-2-1 interviews with carers to help them to consider their views and views they wish to provide (when possible and appropriate).

If you wish to find out more about how to get involved in decisions, and have your voice heard, please contact us via the button below.

For more information about how our national partners, Carers Trust and Carers UK, work with carers to inform their work, and influence national policy please click on either of their buttons below.

Some of the different ways to get involved include 

  • Sign up to receive our regular emails including information about current involvement and consultation activities and you can do this by clicking on the 'Contact Us' button below.
  • Citizens panels was set up by local NHS organisations to gather public views and opinions on a wide variety of health topics, which will be used to help plan services.
  • Join your Patient Participation Group (PPG) which is a group of people who are patients of their surgery and want to help it work as well as it can for patients, doctors and staff. The NHS requires every GP practice to have a PPG.
  • Join Healthwatch who is your health and social care champion and as an independent statutory body, they have the power to make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to your feedback and improve standards of care.
  • Volunteer as a carer representative at a local partnership board where you will be responsible for representing the views of services users, carers or groups and report back to us at The Carers Centre.
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