Participation and Engagement
Good participation and engagement are key to the successful planning and delivery of integrated health and social care and support. It ensures that decisions are informed by harnessing the knowledge and expertise of people in our communities.
Our Partnership is committed to ensuring local people and partner organisations are involved in the planning, design and development of services through participation and engagement.
We recognises that our communities are diverse. To be inclusive, and to engage with members of our communities, the Partnership recognises the need for sufficient time, focus and effort to be given to engagement activities. This will enable the use of, new and flexible approaches to reach those groups who may not traditionally readily engage but who have an important, valid and valued contribution to make.
Our Partnership has adopted the National Standards for Community Engagement and we are clear when we say we are informing, consulting or engaging with the public.
The definitions we use for informing, consulting or engaging are;
- information – providing information to people, communities, staff, groups and other key stakeholders
- consultation – consulting people in relation to specified options or
- engagement – a more open and equal relationship with key stakeholders which involves shared decision making and/or action.
Useful Documents and Links
IJB Participation and Engagement Strategy