HUGE interest in health matters has helped NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde grow its Involving People Network (IPN) by a remarkable 150% in the last nine months alone.
NHSGGC uses its IPN to inform the public about the changing needs of the population, ground-breaking technologies and developments, new treatments and patient stories by direct email to members.
This week the IPN (Involving People Network) reaching a record breaking 50,000 membership – a jump of 30,000 since last June.
The Board and its executive management team regard proactive public communications and engagement central to the development of services in local communities and the modernisation of the way services are delivered on a regional and local basis.
Exciting breakthroughs in health technology, new drugs, partnership working and approaches to mental health are included in the IPN menu of updates.
By registering at www.nhsggc.org.uk/healthnewssub local people can receive local health information that may affect them and be kept up to date with how they can get involved.
IPN members are sent up to the minute news about their local hospitals and community services, health screening programmes, new drugs and technical innovation and many other topics direct to their email inbox.
Patient stories and new innovative ways of working are also featured in the Board’s bi-monthly digital public magazine Health News.
Ally McLaws, Director of Corporate Communications, said: “Local and regional print and broadcast media are massively important in getting the news out about our NHS services and developments but we can’t assume in a competitive news environment that our updates will always be given enough space or air-time to tell everything we need to share with the public and our patients.
“By creating an opportunity for people to sign up to our IPN we can offer detailed information including our own video content. This way we can film our healthcare professionals telling their own stories directly to subscribers…it is a very powerful way to explain some of the most exciting developments that are taking place right now in our health service.
“Membership is continuing to grow with more than 700 new members signing up every week. There are so many fantastic stories to tell about our staff, our patients and our services at this time of transformational change.”
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