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Ways to get involved

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group has made a full commitment to do all we can to involve local patients and residents in the work we do.

There is a whole range of ways you can get involved, from chatting to us on Twitter and Facebook through to being part of a group of patients who help us design the way services are designed in Barnsley. We know that some things will be of interest to you and other things less so. That's why we've come up with the idea of OPEN.

OPEN stands for Our Public Engagement Network. Joining OPEN means you can choose what you want to get involved with and when. You can sign up with your contact details and we'll send you regular updates via email or post.

As part of OPEN you can also do any of the following - whether you want to sign up or not:

  • Become a member of OPEN. Click here to sign up.
  • Respond to a survey, questionnaire, or consultation as part of Your Opinion Matters.
  • Join a patient reference group at your GP practice.
  • Get involved in local meetings about your local health and care services, such as HealthWatch Barnsley.
  • Attend the public Governing Body meetings, where members of the public are welcome to observe or ask questions or make comments.
  • Each month we produce an update of the how you can get involved, what people have told us and how that has influenced and shaped the decisions we make. These updates started in summer 2017 and are discussed in our Governing Body meetings. You can read the reports here.
  • We work with Barnsley Council who support a whole range of groups and communities to design and influence local services. 
  • Attend the public Patient Council meetings or send them your feedback.
  • You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter where you can leave us a message, have a chat, share something you like or simply follow or friend us.

Involving patients and the public in our work in a meaningful way to improve services is part of a CCG's legal duty. We take into account the make up of our local population to ensure we are hearing from all parts of our community. We use the Barnsley joint strategic needs assessment to help us do that.

Here's the national guidance from NHS England for commissioners and providers. 

Your opinion matters

Whether it's a local or national issue, we'll be asking you to join us in shaping what happens in health services for the people across the Barnsley borough. It might be by responding to a survey, attending a public meeting or working with us when services are set up or redesigned.

You said, we listened.

We'll bring you summaries of the decisions and actions that were taken following the engagement activities and consultations we carry out. 

Click here to watch a short film of some of the services you got involved with last year and how they are now making a difference across the borough.