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LOCAL PEOPLE ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED IN NEW PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP FORUM

June 05, 2006 1:57 PM

A new campaign has been launched to encourage local people across East Dunbartonshire to get involved in shaping their local health and social care services.

A new leaflets and a radio advert has been produced to raise awareness of a new Public Partnership Forum or PPF for short. This is the Forum that the new East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) is developing to give local people a greater say in the way their local health services are developed and delivered.

David Leese, Interim Director of the East Dunbartonshire CHP, said: This new Forum will give everyone - service users, carers, the general public, local community groups and voluntary

organisations - the chance to have their say about the development of local services and provide feedback on a wide range of local issues."

The PPF has three main roles:

§To inform local people about the range and locations of services

§To engage local services users, carers and the public

§To support wider public involvement in planning and decision making

Gerald McLaughlin, Chair of the East Dunbartonshire CHP, said: "Improving the health and well being of local people is a key priority and we are therefore committed to working closely with frontline staff and service users to help us achieve these goals."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the development of the new Public Partnership Forum for East Dunbartonshire should contact: Lynda Hamilton on 0141 201 4217.

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Notes for Editors:

East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnerships (CHPs)

NHS Greater Glasgow has created a groundbreaking new Partnership for the people of East Dunbartonshire. The new East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) will give local people a far greater say in their local health services are provided and ensure these services are tailored to meet the needs local communities across East Dunbartonshire.

The new East Dunbartonshire CHP will also work closely with local education, leisure and employment services and the voluntary sector to tackle ill health and help improve the quality of life of people across East Dunbartonshire.

The East Dunbartonshire CHP is responsible for a wide range of local health services delivered in health centres, clinics and schools across East Dunbartonshire. These include health visiting, district nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry (foot care), mental health, addiction and learning disability services. CHP staff will also work closely with local hospitals and East Dunbartonshire Council to break down barriers that have traditionally existed between community, social work and specialist hospital based services.

This will provide a more straightforward route to the help local people require. It will also create more opportunities to deliver care in the community so that local people won't always have to travel for tests and other treatments. It will also make it easier to introduce more ‘one stop clinics' where you can see a range of health professionals at the same time in the same place.

Patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease will also benefit from comprehensive health checks which will be carried out by community based practice nurses who have undergone specialist training.

Closer working and better sharing of information between local health and social work professionals will reduce the number of separate assessments so that people won't have to explain their personal details to lots of different members of staff.

Key to the success of the East Dunbartonshire CHP is the involvement of local people which is why it is developing a new Public Partnership Forum or PPF for short. This will give service users, carers, the general public, local community groups and voluntary organisations across East Dunbartonshire - the chance to have their say about the development of local services and provide feedback on a wide range of local issues.

Media Contact: Elsbeth Campbell – 0141 305 0307

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