Volunteers to have say on healthcare provider

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 August 2014

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VOLUNTEERS will provide an independent voice when deciding which organisation will run North Somerset's healthcare services.

The contract with North Somerset Community Partnership, the current provider of health services in the district, is due to run out in March 2016.

Organisations wishing to run the services have until September to return questionnaires expressing their interest.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North Somerset Council and NHS England will be supported by 11 volunteers when they make their decision for the next provider.

The volunteers are supporters of Healthwatch North Somerset, which aims to be an independent voice for health and social care services in the area.

They will be trained to evaluate the tenders and their opinion will form part of the final decision.

North Somerset CCG’s chief clinical officer Mary Backhouse said: “We are committed to public consultation and engagement in all our work.

“We are keen to involve the public in the commissioning of these community services because they are so vital to our population.

“Our thanks go to Healthwatch North Somerset for agreeing to be part of this process and for finding a large number of enthusiastic volunteers who will provide an invaluable independent perspective on the bids to provide community services here.”

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