The 2013 Health Reforms: are there opportunities for people of faith in governance, public participation and advocacy?

Peter RookesPresented by Dr. Peter Rookes, Global Health Advisor/Chair, Public Engagement Committee, Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group

There is clear intention in policy to more fully involve members of the public in influencing the way NHS services are designed and delivered. The new structures were explained and discussed.

Individual Christians have opportunities to be involved at several levels –  in governance structures; in patient and public participation roles and in advocacy.

Faith based organisations may form themselves into providers of services. There is a policy intention to promote the involvement of these ‘3rd sector organisations’, but the obstacles to successfully doing this are not insignificant.

The NHS recognises that there is a lack of ‘compassion’ and ‘care’. Christians have both a calling and the opportunity to demonstrate these values – both individually and corporately.

For more detail, download the presentation: NHS reforms presentation

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