Involving people and communities

Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System - NHS Cheshire and Merseyside and Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership combined - is committed to involving people and communities to identify what will help to improve their health and wellbeing and to work with us to shape services.

Healthwatch, the Voluntary Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, our councils, hospitals and other partners already have well-established ways of engaging with people and communities, and we need to build on these strengths and assets. We want our approach to be one of evolution, not revolution.

If we are to help reduce inequalities and continuously improve health and care outcomes for all, we must engage and communicate well and listen to the views and experiences of people and communities in relation to their health and wellbeing.

There are 10 key principles that will guide how we work with people and communities in Cheshire and Merseyside:

Involving people and communities - Key principles