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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE LOCALS ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED IN NEW PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP FORUM

June 05, 2006 2:16 PM

A new campaign has been launched to encourage local people across West 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 West 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.

Keith Redpath, Director of the West 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

Rani Dhir, Chair of the West 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 West Dunbartonshire should contact: George Murphy on 0141 435 7505.

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Notes for Editors:

West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnerships (CHPs)

A new West Community Health Partnership (CHP) has been created to improve the way local health services are planned and delivered across West Dunbartonshire.

This innovative new Partnership will build on existing joint working between the NHS, West Dunbartonshire Council and local voluntary organisations across West Dunbartonshire.

The West Dunbartonshire CHP is responsible for a wide range of local health services delivered in health centres, clinics and schools across West Dunbartonshire. These include health visiting, district nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry (foot care), mental health, addiction and learning disability services.

The CHPwill also work closely with local hospitals and West 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.

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 West 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 West 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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