Join our People’s Panel
The Together We’re Better People’s Panel is our specially-selected panel of local people who are at the heart of helping us to achieve our vision to make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the healthiest places to live and work in England. We are inviting you to join this panel and help inform health and care services in your local area.
What is Together We’re Better?
We are a partnership of NHS and local government organisations, alongside independent and voluntary sector groups, that is working together to transform local health and care services.
We want to ensure that local people have access to high quality and sustainable health and care services for the future.
Our partnership wants to:
- Help people to live well for longer
- Treat people and not a set of conditions
- Support and enable people to stay well and independent so we can be there when they need us
- Deliver care closer to a person’s home
- Give mental health equal priority to physical health
- Ensure a person’s experience of health and care is the best it can be
Why we need you
Everyone has experience of using health and care services and we want to hear your opinions and feedback. We are inviting members of the public to play an active role in helping to improve these services, for the benefit of everyone.
Wherever you live in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent and whatever your background, your experiences are important to us and can help to make a difference to health and care services in your local area.
We want our panel to be a good and varied representation of the local population so that we have a better idea of what is important to the people we care for.
How you can play a role
If you decide to join our People’s Panel, there are two main ways in which you will be involved. Firstly, we will email you regular online surveys that are short and interesting to complete. These surveys will give our health and social care partners vital information to help change services for the better.
Secondly, you may also be invited to take part in focus groups (this is voluntary). These are face to face meetings with other members of the panel where we invite you to discuss and share your opinions on various health and care matters.
How your views will be used
This isn’t a tick-box exercise – it’s borne out of a genuine desire to put local people at the heart of everything we do. Your views really do matter and we will look carefully at the results of the surveys and focus group discussions. We will then provide you with a full summary of the findings from each survey and the actions we will be taking as a result.
The People’s Panel is just one of the many ways that we are working with local people to understand their views, so we will make sure we have lots of feedback about our services before we make any changes.
Where to find out more
If you would like to take part in this very important panel and contribute your views, register online via the Step Beyond website.
Be part of the change and help us to improve health and care for everyone.
People's Panel survey results
Nearly 200 people made their voices heard in the September 2021 survey. Here is what they told us: