NHS organisations are under a legal duty to involve patients and the public, and this webinar will outline some guidelines to help organisations work effectively in partnership with people and communities, and to comply with relevant legal duties when collaborating with one another.
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Audience: People working in communication and engagement roles in NHS England, CCGs, CSUs, STPs and NHS Trusts / Foundation Trusts, and commissioners.
Purpose: As we all move forward to work more collaboratively across organisations and systems we need to ensure that we are engaging people and communities in the most effective and meaningful ways . NHS organisations are under a legal duty to involve patients and the public, and statutory guidance and other resources are available to help. Different duties apply to different NHS organisations, but all are required to make arrangements to involve the public in the planning of NHS services, the development and consideration of proposals for changes in the way those services are provided, and in decisions to be made affecting the operation of those services.
Effective patient and public participation will also assist NHS organisations to discharge a number of other important legal duties. These include the public sector equality duty, the duty upon commissioners of NHS services to have regard to the need to reduce inequalities between patients, and the duty to engage with Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees.
Involving patients and the public is not just a means of meeting legal duties. It also helps NHS organisations to understand the needs and expectations of the populations they serve; to identify innovative, effective and efficient ways of designing, delivering and joining-up services; and thereby take informed decisions about commissioning and providing NHS services.
This webinar will outline some guidelines to help organisations work effectively in partnership with people and communities, and to comply with relevant legal duties when collaborating with one another.
The guidelines encourage organisations to:
- collaborate with patients and the public in the development and implementation of new ways of working in the NHS;
- collaborate, as far as possible, with one another in undertaking patient and public involvement;
- recognise and act in accordance with their individual statutory responsibilities.
Presenter and supporters
Presenter – Richard Parker – Hill Dickinson
Webinar chair – Rosie Ayub
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