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NEW WEBSITE ENCOURAGES ISLANDERS TO GET INVOLVED

A dynamic new website which provides information about the commissioning of health services on the Island and how the Island community can get involved and help influence these decisions, has been launched by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG).

The site, developed by the IWCCG, is aimed at informing the public about recent changes to the National Health Service and the key developments in finding commissioning solutions to the delivery of health care on theIsland.

Information about General Practice, the role of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (IWCCG) and how to get involved and help influence the decisions made around the commissioning of health services for theIslandis available.   Clinical Leads, driving service re-design projects, and practice representatives for each of theIslandsthree localities are listed and their roles explained. The ‘Get Involved’ section includes details of patient reference groups within each GP practice and the IWCCGs plans for communicating and engaging with the public together with the commissioning strategy for 2012/2013 is available. Newsletters and news updates can also be read.

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Dr John Rivers, IWCCG Chair and Island GP, said: “I am very pleased to see the launch of our new website. It should allow people to understand more what the health reforms really mean for us on theIsland. It will give IWCCG a clear voice, helping us to communicate effectively with theIslandcommunity.”

Caroline Morris, Head of Primary Care, said: “The website has been designed to reflect the organisations aspirations to be open and transparent. We hope the website helps partners, stakeholders and the public to understand the role of theIsland’s CCG and how it is relevant to them. The site will keep professionals in healthcare up-to-date with CCG developments and act as an interactive hub generating opportunities for users to meaningfully engage with the IWCCG.”

The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is a membership organization of GP practices on theIslandsupported by Commissioners and other clinicians. It is working alongside the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and other Provider Services to develop clinical plans and deliver a commissioning programme for theIsle of Wight.

www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk

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