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Publication Date: 04/05/2010 

Facebook Page Launched To Help North Lanarkshire Residents Have Their Say About Health Services  

Public Partnership Forum encourage people to have their say 

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Chair Felix Mulholland is calling on Lanarkshire residents to join up on Facebook, then go one better and become actively involved with the PPF.  

North Lanarkshire Public Partnership Forum has launched a Facebook campaign to encourage people to have their say about local health services.

The Public Partnership Forum (PPF) gives people a voice on NHS Lanarkshire’s services and how they are developed.

To help keep you up-to-date with this work, the PPF has launched a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lanarkshire-Public-Partnership-Forum/383400831792 . You can also find it by searching for North Lanarkshire Public Partnership Forum on Facebook.

Chair Felix Mulholland is calling on Lanarkshire residents join up on Facebook, then go one better and become actively involved with the PPF.

Felix said: “We all use our local NHS. One day you might need it to save your life. Another thing we all do is talk about our local health services. Getting involved in the North Lanarkshire PPF is a great way to make that talk count for something. The PPF is your voice on local health issues. It is up to you to use it.”

NHS Lanarkshire keeps PPF members informed, engaged and consulted on proposals for local health services.

Health staff give presentations at the forum’s meetings and PPF members are involved in NHS Lanarkshire project groups and committees for a wide range of subjects including mental health, patient transport, diabetes, hospital cleanliness and older people’s health.

You can get involved by taking part in your local community forum which covers health as well as other local issues. There are eight North Lanarkshire community forums:

  • Airdrie and Villages
  • Bellshill and District
  • Coatbridge
  • Cumbernauld
  • Kilsyth and Villages
  • Motherwell
  • Wishaw, Newmains and Shotts
  • Northern corridor

Representatives from the forum meet six times a year as the North Lanarkshire PPF Reference Group, which also includes representatives from the voluntary sector and other stakeholder groups.

Felix, who also chairs the Motherwell Community Forum, said: “We would be delighted to have more people involved in the forums. The health service is facing many challenges over the coming years and it is important that people have a strong voice in how it develops. Even if you can’t make it along to meetings, you can stay up-to-date with the work of the PPF on Facebook or at www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/involved .”

To find out more about the North Lanarkshire PPF contact Josephine Donaghy, NHS Lanarkshire’s Public Focus Patient Involvement Facilitator, on 01698 245093 or email Josephine.donaghy@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk .

If you are interested in joining your local community forum contact Yvonne McBride, North Lanarkshire Council’s Community Engagement Coordinator, on 01236 616276 or email mcbridey@northlan.gov.uk