New patient group for Blyth Valley

A NEW patient group has been formed in Blyth Valley.

The new group aims to drive up standards of patient care and will also have a say on how the valley’s healthcare services will be run in the future.

Dr Frances Naylor, locality lead for the Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group in Blyth Valley, has welcomed the creation of the group.

“Having a strong patient voice with the emphasis focusing on how we can improve local healthcare services for local people is the main aim of the group,” said Dr Naylor, also a GP at the Forum Family Practice in Cramlington.

“I’m very excited about the future and how the group will develop.

“The group members are local people from the community who have a genuine interest in helping to drive up patient care and really benefit people living in Blyth Valley.

“The patient reference group will have an influence on the agenda and strategies of the commissioning group, which, over the next three years, is looking to meet the longer-term health needs of local people.”

The commissioning group covers all 46 GP practices across the county working together to improve health and healthcare for the 330,000-strong population of Northumberland.

It is working with the current commissioner of health services in the county – NHS North of Tyne, on behalf of Northumberland Care Trust – with the view to taking on its responsibilities before the phasing out of primary care trusts in 2013.