About our Public Engagement

Public engagement and public involvement are central to the work of Connected Health Cities (CHC).

Our public engagement

Public engagement and public involvement are central to the work of Connected Health Cities (CHC). By this, we mean that we have set up multiple ways that we can:

  • inform our citizens in the North of England about what we are doing
  • consult with our citizens about what we could and should be doing
  • work together with our citizens to deliver our objectives

What we are currently doing

You can find publicly accessible summaries of the work being undertaken to improve care pathways in the four CHCs here. When we know about the results of this work, we will publish them openly on the website.

In November 2016  we ran two citizens’ juries to learn more about what citizens in the North of England think about CHC. We wanted to explain more about the project and understand whether the ways in which we plan to use patient data are acceptable to the public. A four-day citizens’ jury gave people the time to understand, and to think carefully about, what we are doing. See here for the full results and views of the people who took part.

Each CHC involves local citizens in the work they are doing.  For example, they may have a forum made up of ordinary citizens from their local area.  The role of these citizens will be to provide advice and guidance to the CHC staff on the work that they are doing.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow our account @CHCNorth. You can also follow the conversation about how using health data can make a real difference to people’s lives by searching #datasaveslives.

Dr Lamiece Hassan (Connected Health Cities) joined Wendy Harrison (Deputy Head of Corporate Information Governance, NHS) & Rebecca Nichells (Communications Lead for Informatics, NHS Leeds CCG Partnership) to explore the legalities, issues and moral challenges surrounding patient data access and control. Learn about the risks and benefits of Information Governance, why engagement with the public is so important, how we engage, and how data is used.