It is essential that residents, patients and staff have an opportunity to shape plans and that those working on transformation programmes have an understanding of what is important to local people.
There are a number of ways in which we already do this via our individual health and care organisations and with support from Wessex Voices and Healthwatch. To complement this work, we have developed Hampshire and Isle of Wight Voices.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Voices has over 3,000 members (recruited throughout the summer of 2019) representing people who live in Alton, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, the Isle of Wight, Lymington, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Waterlooville and Winchester.
Our members help us to gather views from a representative section of our community to understand your needs and experiences when planning and improving health and care. They are asked to contribute their views in many ways including completing surveys, attending discussions via focus groups or workshops and also attending relevant events.
How does it work?
Members will be contacted by email and asked to respond to a series of surveys throughout the year. It is expected that these will take place at a rate of around one survey every other month. We will work with system leaders, staff teams and voluntary sector organisations to establish the priority areas that would be most helpful to gain the views of the panel members.
The results of these surveys will be shared with participants and published online. They will also be shared with relevant teams across the system to help them to develop their plans to improve services. From time to time, people may also be contacted and given the opportunity to take part in local discussions, forums or focus groups.
All participation is voluntary and people can opt out at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is however, an expectation that participants will, as a minimum, complete surveys on a regular basis. If a participant does not respond to three surveys in a row, then they will be contacted to ensure they wish to continue with their participation.
Privacy and data sharing
When publishing the results of the surveys we will always anonymise responses and ensure that individuals cannot be identified.
To become a member
We are not currently recruiting to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Voices but check back here in the future for more information.
In order to contribute we ask that you are 16 years old or over and live in the area covered by Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Voices is designed to be broadly representative of the local population so it will not always be possible to accept applications.