Citizens' panel

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The Citizens' Panel is a great way to help shape the future of local NHS services, and we are encouraging current and former patients, NHS staff and the wider community to get involved.

What is a Citizen Panel?

A Citizens’ Panel is a sample of residents who have volunteered to take part in regular research and questionnaires.

In Lincolnshire, the Citizen Panel is an exciting development for the NHS that will help us gather feedback from a sample of our population and give local residents the opportunity to share their opinions and views on health and care services within the county.  The information we receive will help to ensure that services are designed and delivered to take into account what matters most to our residents.

In our first year, we are striving to have over 1,000 panel members.

Purpose

The Citizen Panel has been set up for people in Lincolnshire, to gather public views and opinions on a wide variety of health topics, allowing members of the public to get involved in shaping the future of local healthcare services.

Our panel aims to be representative of the population and is complementary to our existing engagement activities.  It will allow us to carry out targeted engagement with local residents to help understand the healthcare needs of people in more detail. This will help us to identify what health inequalities currently exist in our communities and design new ways of working to overcome these. Additionally, the panel can be used to quickly recruit participants for focus groups or in-depth interviews.

How does the Citizen Panel work?

Panel members will be expected to be involved in the panel for at least 12 months and take part in four to six short surveys per year covering various topics.  The majority of activity will be through online surveys and questionnaires that you can complete on your mobile or laptop at a time that suits you.

How do I sign up?

Signing up is simple! Sign up in seconds by completing our registration form.

Survey Report

A survey was carried out between 11 January to 1 February 2021 to understand what was important to people in their everyday lives and the communities they thrive in.

It gathered views on people’s relationships with health and care professionals and if people felt they have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered. We wanted to find out 'what matters' to them.

Evidence shows that people will have better experiences and improved health and wellbeing if they can actively shape their care and support.

Full analysis has been undertaken across all geographical areas and demographics – any differences have been identified after some of the questions. Due to the profiling of respondents, females are understandably the most affected in some areas.

Download a copy of the report.

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