Accord launched in 2009 to give local people and organisations in North East Lincolnshire a chance to have their say on the future of health and social care services.

It was the first group of its kind in Britain that gives local people a voice which is used to change their community for the better.

Since the scheme began members have helped make a real difference to decision making; patients, carers, members of the public, staff, health and wellbeing boards and local authorities are represented on Accord and regularly contribute to the development of care services.

Accord’s 2,500+ members continue to have a significant impact on improving care and patient experience. People are asked to feedback their views only on topics that interest them, making sure that they are engaged when it suits them and the NHS receives worthwhile feedback.

People who want to become more active members of Accord now have the opportunity to do so. A new steering group and ambassador scheme means that there are greater opportunities for people to make a difference.

There has never been a better time to get involved in local health services; the membership continues to grow and offer new opportunities for local people to learn new skills, meet new people and make a real difference to care.