NHS funding body sets out engagement plans

Draft plans have been published by the body that will hold the local NHS budget from 1 July.

Local people will be invited to give their views about health services to NHS officials at a new engagement forum that will run twice a year.

The forum is described in a draft engagement plan published on 12 April by the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB). From 1 July 2022, the board will take over the statutory role of three clinical commissioning groups, in planning and funding local health services for people living in Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The BOB ICB says the new forum ‘will provide an arena for sharing experiences, open discussion and the opportunity to build networks across the system’. It also proposes setting up an engagement reference group and opportunities to take part in online surveys from its website.

What do you think of the plans?

The public is invited to give feedback on the draft engagement strategy via the BOB ICB's  engagement strategy page on its engagement microsite or by emailing engagement.bobics@nhs.net

Respond by Wednesday 18 May.

The draft engagement strategy also confirms that the ICB will work with the five local Healthwatch, which are the statutory health and care champions who promote patient and public views.

‘We recognise the value of Healthwatch’s contributions for our engagement and involvement ambitions and ensuring we can meet the needs of our population. We will therefore continue to work closely with Healthwatch representatives at both place and system level,’ the draft strategy says.

The new statutory board will be part of the BOB Integrated Care System.

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