Model One - Citizens Engagement Forum
The first model was to create a Citizens' Engagement Forum to focus upon monitoring the Board's patient safety /public protection, public health and citizen engagement strategy. The Forum would have direct access to the Board's Audit Committee on a quarterly basis and meet with the Professional Forum, twice a year to ensure good communication across all stakeholder interests.
The CE Forum should include specific initiatives designed to elicit the contribution of frail older people. For example, through the establishment of a 'Council of Elders' (c.f. 'A council of elders: creating a multi-voiced dialogue in a community of care' AM Katz, L Conant, TS Inui, D Baron, Social Science & Medicine, 2000, Elsevier Science Ltd). It is proposed that this development be undertaken in co-operation with the National Partnership Forum for Older People.
The CE Forum should be populated through a public appointments process to ensure a geographical spread across each Parliamentary constituency and one that includes a range of competencies to positively challenge the executive in a spirit of co-operation. Working in partnership with the CE Forum, it is proposed that two LHB Board members should focus upon patient safety/public protection, public health and citizen engagement strategy. This will require particular essential and desirable qualities and experience to support the public appointments process. It was considered that this would be a tighter focus in structuring the work of the SRG, in parallel to the work of CHCs and local CVC Health, Social Care and Wellbeing facilitators. It is suggested that the Citizens Engagment Forum would meet in public and be supported by new "web 2.0" approaches.
This could replace the existing Assembly Government regional Patient and Public Involvement Panels, currently supported by officers from the Patient Experience Team - Quality, Standards & Safety Improvement Directorate, Department of Health & Social Services.
|< Prev||Next >|