The Community Forum is a decision-making board that is made up of public representatives; it plays a key role in North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Any member of Accord can put themselves forward to sit on the Community Forum to help decide how best to spend NHS money across eight health and care priorities in the community. These are:
- Disabilities and mental health
- Equality and diversity
- Health and wellbeing
- Planned care
- Prescribing and medicines management
- Quality and assurance
- Urgent care
- Women and children's
Accord Members are able to apply for a position on the Community Forum when it becomes available. Everyone who is interested takes part in a recruitment and selection process to help the NHS find the best person for the role.
Forum members have an equal voice in the CCG’s decision-making alongside a clinician and NHS manager on service triangles, committees and working groups focusing on one of the eight priorities listed above.
Community Forum members have the responsibility of making sure the public’s views are being thought of all of the time. They meet every month to discuss CCG service developments, updates, issues and recieve a quarterly Engagement Activity report.
The Community Forum is part of the CCG and is separate to the Accord membership scheme; however members of Accord can become a member of the forum.
This is a unique arrangement and has been recognised nationally as one of the best ways to properly involve local people in decision-making.