2019 was another good year in which the Our Dorset Public Engagement Group (PEG) provided insight, lived experience and guidance to a wide range of issues and areas across the Integrated Care System (ICS).  Our views have been used to inform plans for service development across a number of areas.   

Topics ranged from a workshop on Prevention and Ageing Well with Public Health Dorset, to a couple of sessions on Personalised Care – providing people with choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered – “nothing about me, without me”.   

The recently published NHS 10 Year Plan, featured on more than one occasion as we worked with the Engagement team to develop our local priorities in line with the national plan.  Our views informed the engagement approach taken across Dorset with very pleasing results.  

Dorset Council led a view-seeking session on their new Corporate Strategy and the Primary Care team consulted us on the refreshment of their Strategy.   

We also worked on the refreshment and relaunch of the Supporting Stronger Voices Forum to be in line with the ICS and the changing health and care environment in Dorset.   

With workshops on Dorset’s Population Heath Management programme, The Dorset Care Record and reviewing our own structure and operation, it was quite a full year!  Our views were captured, heard and responded to. 

We therefore start 2020, reinvigorated to work with the ICS to ensure the public and patient voice continues to be at the heart of Dorset’s health and care planning and provision. 

As public representatives we continue to be supported in our roles by the Engagement and Communication team and I know the group are looking forward to receiving training in “10 Steps to Better Public Engagement” this coming May. 

Written by Ian Gall, Public Representative and Chair of the Our Dorset Public Engagement Group   

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