#EngagingDorset to work better together

Hi, I’m Casey – I work as a coordinator for the Communications and Engagement Team at Dorset CCG.

I have been involved in organising an exciting event which is happening tomorrow. Your local NHS, Councils,Voluntary organisations and local people are meeting to plan how to work together more effectively for the purposes of communicating and engaging with people.

NHS England has selected Dorset to be the first of six pilots for this Integrated Care System Public Engagement Project.

In short, what this means is that NHS England are supporting Dorset to work in a more joined up, coherent way. The project focuses particularly on how organisations can work together when communicating with the public, and when involving the public in decision-making processes.

I have been helping to organise the ‘Discovery Workshop’ tomorrow which brings together people from the following groups and organisations:

  • The Local Authorities
  • The NHS (Dorset CCG, Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester Hospitals, Dorset Healthcare, South West Ambulance Service Trust and NHS England)
  • Public Health
  • The Voluntary Sector and  Healthwatch Dorset
  • Dorset’s Public Engagement Group

So far, people working across all these sectors have been asked to complete a survey about what is working well and what could be better with our public engagement across NHS and public sector organisations in the county.

The aim of the workshop is to provoke thought and conversation around the results of the survey, with a focus on suggestions to strengthen our engagement and communications.  From this, an action plan will be put together with the assistance of NHS England, so that improvements can be made in the short and long term.

The work will also lead to an updated national model, meaning that depending on what we do in Dorset, it could be rolled out across the country. The project will also lead to the development of a stronger national network of Integrated Care System public engagement leads.

NHS England are supporting the workshop tomorrow, along with peer support from other CCGs across the country.

We have a Public Engagement Group who will play a key part in the project and some of whom are attending the workshop tomorrow. They represent the public and bring a wealth of lived experience and knowledge which is highly valued.

We will be updating Twitter and Facebook as the day proceeds tomorrow – follow #EngagingDorset.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, contact me at casey.townsend@dorsetccg.nhs.uk.

I will keep you posted on what happens next.

By Casey Townsend