Panel members are all volunteers and we have recruitment campaigns from time to time. Anyone over the age of 18 living in the NHS Forth Valley services area can apply to join. The PPP is expected to reflect the different groups in our local communities as far as possible and we follow the NHS Equality & Diversity Policy when recruiting members. Prospective members are expected to have a positive interest in the aims and work of the PPP and a willingness to devote time to bringing a person-centred point of view towards improving services that patients receive. New members are given an Induction into NHS FV and the aims of the PPP. After joining, members have access to NHS FV training.
The PPP Steering Group directs and focuses the structure and work of the Panel and acts to motivate the wider PPP. It guides and evaluates the impact of the PPP and is responsible for ensuring that the outcomes of the NHS FV Strategic Plan and the PPP Development Plan are monitored reviewed. The Steering Group meets every two months.
Full Panel Meetings
Full Panel meetings are held every two months. The meetings aim to provide information and opportunities for involvement on NHS topics considered to be of general interest to patients and the public and particularly in relation to patient safety and experience. The focus of PPP activities are also aligned with the NHS FV Local 2020 Delivery Plan. Meetings also provide a forum for staff to hold discussions with or test out ideas with PPP members and other NHS representatives.
Task Groups are set up as required to consider or support specific issues relating to Hospital services. New groups may evolve and existing groups change to reflect national and local priorities and interests; Groups may be short-term or ongoing. Task groups report significant business matters to the Steering Group.
Information and Training
NHS Forth Valley ensures that:
- PPP members receive full information about their area of involvement and their responsibilities. This will include information about policies and procedures for volunteers, about their rights and responsibilities and what to do if something goes wrong.
- PPP members are provided with induction and training in the specific tasks to be undertaken, and opportunities for ongoing learning and development.
- PPP members are given opportunities to contribute to the decision-making processes of the PPP and of NHS Forth Valley.
- The views of PPP members regarding their information and support are taken into account and acted upon.