The Health Network is a public and patient forum supporting the Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to run their online engagements, consultations and surveys.
It offers you the opportunity to have your say and let us know what you think about the local health services provided in Berkshire. The CCGs are responsible for commissioning (buying-in) and managing most of your hospital and community health care services.
The views of our community are crucial in ensuring that we are aware of service issues, respond to local needs and take local views into account when planning and commissioning local services or making changes to existing services. We need to hear from local people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures with a range of experience of NHS services.
From here you can "Have Your Say" on current issues; look at planned, current and past public involvement and consultation activities; view the results of these and how they have been used.
We ask people to register when getting involved in consultations for the following reasons:
- To keep people fully informed of the outcomes of our consultations
- To tell people about other consultations that might be of interest to them
- To prevent people from responding more than once
Your opinions and feedback can and do make a difference in shaping the healthcare services that the Berkshire CCGs provide across the county. In order to ensure that we involve you in consultations that are meaningful and relevant to you as an individual, the registration form asks some questions to establish your preferences. You can alter these preferences at any stage in the future by logging in to your account and clicking on the 'My Profile' section, or you can let us know by contacting us.
Everyone working in the NHS has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. There are strict codes of conduct in place to ensure your information is safe, whether it is on paper or computer. Our staff must abide by the Data Protection Act 1998, the NHS Code of Confidentiality, the Common Law Duty of Confidence and their Contracts of employment.