St John Fisher Catholic High School pupil Georgia Crooks is celebrating after winning shopping vouchers in a prize draw which encouraged young people to have their say on the future of local NHS community services.
Bridgewater ran the prize draw as part of its Big Conversation consultation which aimed to get the views of as many people as possible on health services.
To ensure that young people had their say, the trust visited schools and colleges and encouraged students to complete online and paper forms about what they think of local health services outside of hospitals and how they think they can be further improved.
Everyone who submitted a comment, idea or suggestion was entered into a prize draw with one winner chosen at random.
Eugene Lavan, Bridgewater’s Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning and Partnerships said:
“Georgia was one of over 200 young people to submit some really innovative ideas on how we can better communicate with them about health services and how we can improve health services so they really meet the needs of young people.
“The Trust acknowledges that only by really listening to people in the local communities where we provide services will we truly understand if we are meeting the needs of local people. The work we did with young people was just part of our Big Conversation consultation which involved us speaking to hundreds of people of all ages to gauge their views.
“We have used the feedback to inform our new organisational strategy which sets out our plans for providing local community healthcare over the next five years. Examples of ideas we aim to implement include improving our communications about services, working harder to keep people in our communities healthier and using more technology in the delivery of our services. We will also be diligent in our efforts to better integrate health and social care services to reduce patients having repeated conversations across different organisations.”
Read more about Bridgewater’s future plans for health services in Wigan, Leigh and other parts of the North West at www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/qualityandplace/.