The purpose of the NHCP Collaborative Stakeholder Forum is to make sure that all the work of the Partnership is properly taking into consideration the views of the public, patients and service users, health and social care staff, the voluntary sector and local government.

All these groups have representation on the Forum, which meets regularly and advises the Partnership Board of chief executives and other leaders from NHCP organisations.

At a recent meeting, the Forum endorsed a new Patient Leadership Programme for Northamptonshire, hosted by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). This is a free training programme for 30 patient leaders who are involved with any of our county’s health and care organisations.

EMAHSN also hosted a public networking event on Tuesday 16 October for Northamptonshire patients, service users and carers interested in getting involved with decisions about local health and care. NHCP Lead Angela Hillery was one of the speakers at the event at Kings Park Conference & Sports Centre, Northampton, and there was also an NHCP stand which enabled people to find out more about the Partnership and our work.