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19th May 2014


Wanted: People who want to make a difference to patient care in Mid Essex

Behind every top hospital is a strong patient council, and Mid Essex is no different. The patient council is now looking to recruit new members to continue the excellent work being done across all local hospitals in Mid Essex.

Are you interested in helping to make a real difference to the healthcare experience that patients receive whilst visiting the hospital? If so, then this could be just the role for you.

Mid Essex Hospital’s Patient Council is celebrating its twelfth year of operation and are looking to recruit new members.  The council is actively involved in all areas of the hospital’s work, and is independent of the hospital, discussing the services provided by the Trust, and putting forward proposals to improve the overall patient experience.

The key aim is to find out what is really important to patients and their families and to find out what people’s expectations are from a stay or visit to their hospital.

Professor Sheila Salmon, Trust chairman, said:

”The patient council plays an extremely valuable role within the hospital and we are very grateful to them for the help and support they continue to give us.

Members work very closely with the management team to ensure the views of patient’s are taken into account at all levels of decision making.  The council provides patients with the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the hospital service, ensuring it meets the needs of the local community and ensure the patients voice is heard.

The management team certainly value their input and I think the patient council members also find the role very rewarding.”

The patient council develop a clear work plan and objectives for each financial year. They have active membership on working parties and steering groups that help to develop and improve service quality, helping to contribute to the proposals for service improvement.

Maureen Hindle, chair of the patient council, said:

”It is an extremely worthwhile role as we do represent the views of all patients and carers who use the hospital.

We want the council to be as representative as possible, so we hope to encourage members to come from a range of age groups, gender and ethnic backgrounds.

As well as being part of various groups at the hospital, a significant part of our role is to visit, observe and obtain patient/carers views that lead to improvements in the way patient care and services are offered in Mid Essex.”

If you would like more information about the work of the patients council or are interested in becoming a member please contact Maureen Hindle direct at maureen.hindle12@btinternet.com or e-mail communications@meht.nhs.uk