Health experts want to give Derbyshire residents a better understanding of NHS services

Patients, service users, carers and citizens are invited to a networking event to inform and inspire local people to become more involved with their health services.

Local people are invited to attend a free event on Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Derby Conference Centre.

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) and its Patient Public Involvement Senate are hosting the networking event which has been organised in collaboration with local NHS and healthcare partners. 

The event will include speakers from within healthcare and interactive workshops. There will also be information stalls run by healthcare professionals and patient representatives focusing on key areas where people can have a say to improve local health services.

The aim of the event is to inspire and motivate people to get involved in shaping healthcare services and raise awareness of opportunities to most effectively make a difference within Derbyshire.

Mike Hannay, Managing Director of EMAHSN, said: “This is a unique event that we hope will inform and inspire local people in Derbyshire.

“The health and care system is complicated and can be difficult to navigate and understand.  We want to equip people with the knowledge they need to understand the structure and landscape of the NHS so they can have impact and influence in the future of services in their area.

Added Mike: “I would like to thank all of our Derbyshire health and voluntary sector partners for supporting this event which I am sure will be a valuable opportunity for networking and engaging with local people.”

Robin Ash, East Midlands Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Senate member, said: “This is a great networking opportunity for patients and carers who are involved or want to be involved in health services across Derbyshire.

"It’s an excellent platform to learn and share, and connect with other people and professionals who want to bring out the best in our health and care systems. I look forward to an inspiring and thought-provoking day.”

The EMAHSN has already held patient, carer and public networking events covering Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The event is a collaboration between the EMAHSN and the East Midlands Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Senate in partnership with local healthcare organisations.

Travel expenses for patients, carers and service users attending the event can be reimbursed. 

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