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Caring for our carers

I care, you care

Getting involved

Why, what, how...

We are committed to involving patients, families and carers in continually improving the quality of the services we provide.

Read on to find out more about how you can get involved.

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Why get involved?

  • To use personal experiences of healthcare to help improve quality
  • To give opinions in a measured way
  • To use skills to improve healthcare services
  • Used lived experiences to empower others and educate staff
  • Have a keen interest in bringing about service improvement and being eager to make a difference

What can I get involved in?

  • Interviewing potential new staff members
  • Presenting your carers journey to help the trust learn from your experiences
  • Reviewing and developing essential information such as leaflets, posters, websites and films to ensure they are inclusive of carers needs
  • Being part of a steering group or project meeting to ensure the carers voice is part of the decision making
  • Participating in a focus group to give views on a specific topic

How do I get involved?

Get in touch with us

You can find out more in our Patient and Carer involvement leaflet (pdf).

Carer Involvement Lead

Please contact Di Hilson, the trust’s Carer Involvement Lead if you would like to register to be kept up to date with involvement opportunities.

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Our goals

Our Experience and Involvement Strategy for 2019-21 sets out how Oxford Health intends to build and improve on how we work with people of all ages who use our services to ensure we work in partnership with patients, carers, families and professionals.

Become a member of our Trust

Membership is free and you have no obligations – but you can:

  • Influence the way we provide and develop our local services
  • Hear first-hand about the Trusts ongoing work and plans
  • Meet other people with similar interests in local physical, mental and community services
  • Attend free events for members, including behind-the-scene tours and fascinating talks
  • Vote for governors in elections that happen in your constituency
  • Run for carer governor when the opportunity arises and represent the members in your constituency
  • Receive our free newsletter Membership Matters

Current opportunities

Buckinghamshire Focus Group

For people caring for someone with personality disorder and who is a service user of Oxford Health.

We are looking for carers to get involved in a focus group to look at the current pathway of care for service users with personality disorder. This is a quality improvement project and we want to capture a range of experiences and views from you, as carers, as have journeyed through our service with the service user.

  • Download flyer for more information
  • Deadline to express an interest: 28th October 2020
  • Date of focus group: 3rd November, 11am-12.30pm
  • Contact: Hayley Trueman Hayley.trueman@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk / 07802455098

Carers in Research

Oxford Health is a research active NHS trust, and we have opportunities for carers to take part in research studies, and to help shape what research we do and how we do it. You can find out more on the research pages of our website

If you would like to register to be kept up to date with our research opportunities please email the Research Patient and Public Involvement Manager: claire.murray@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Get in touch

If you are a carer and would like to find out more, please get in touch – we would really like to hear from you, contact us at Icareyoucare@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

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