Would you like the chance to see what it feels like to control an NHS healthcare budget of around £400m? Where would you spend your budget? What services would you prioritise? How would you make sure 380,000 patients in mid Essex get the NHS care they need in the right place at the right time?
NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is inviting members of the public to come to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) set to be held on 22nd September 2015 between 12pm and 2pm at the Chelmsford Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.
This year, as well as presenting our results and achievements from the previous 12 months, the CCG will also be offering members of the public the chance to “be a commissioner” and work with our Directors to see first-hand the decisions we face day-to-day in ensuring all our residents receive safe, high quality NHS healthcare both now and in the future.
MECCG is responsible for planning, commissioning (or buying) and monitoring the quality of health services for almost 380,000 local people in the Maldon, Braintree and Chelmsford areas.
It is also one of the eleven most financially challenged health economy in the country and has been tasked with saving around £15m whilst still providing high quality care, at the right time, in the right place for patients across mid Essex.
This AGM is primarily an opportunity for the Board to present the CCG’s 2014-15 Annual Report, which is also available to view on the CCG website under Key Documents.
Residents are welcome to come along and ask questions of our senior management team and find out more about their CCG, what it has achieved over the past year and what our plans are for the future.
The second part of the AGM will be led by the senior team, who will offer the public a chance to find out what it is like to be a commissioner and try their hand at balancing the purchase of NHS services for a population of 380,000 people with a budget of around £400m.
We want to know how members of the public can help us further innovate, while making the savings necessary to ensure we retain a safe and sustainable NHS landscape both now and in the future.
The CCG has been responsible for a number of successful projects over the last 12 months, for example in the area of preventing unplanned hospital admissions for frail older people and ensuring local residents make the best use of their medicines. You can find out more about all of these, and the other projects we’re involved in, at the AGM.
The Chair of MECCG, Dr Caroline Dollery, said: “Members of the public are warmly invited to attend our AGM. The AGM is an opportunity to review what the CCG has been working on during the past 12 months and how we’re working alongside other health and social care providers to shape local services in the coming year.
“There will also be an opportunity to try your hand at being a commissioner of local health services and see for yourself some of the challenges we face as an organisation.”
We’d really appreciate it if members of the public could let us know they are intending to come to the AGM by registering on Eventbrite here: