As a patient representative your role will be to attend four meetings a year and speak from a service user perspective

Would you like to use your local experience to improve oral health services? 

We want to improve the quality of oral health for all ages in Croydon – reducing oral and throat cancer, tooth decay, gum disease and other disorders affecting the mouth. We are aiming to do this through oral health promotion, improving service access and reducing inequalities by looking after the most vulnerable groups.

We have brought together a multi-disciplinary group to form an oral health steering group, implementing an action plan. We would like to include patient voices on the steering group. The group will include representatives from: the local dentist committee, King's College Hospital, Public Health England, NHS England, Croydon Council and NHS Croydon.

We want to ensure we have public and patient voices on the steering group, shaping the local approach to improving Oral Health. Being part of this will give you the opportunity to contribute to discussions about oral health in Croydon and share what is important to you as patients.

The main focus of this work is partnership working to increase awareness and improve Oral Health in Croydon for all ages. 

What does the role involve?

Your role will be to attend steering group meetings to bring in the voice and experience of patients/carers to discussions. We are particularly interested in hearing patient views about any challenges and barriers to accessing the Oral Health services in Croydon.

Meetings will be held approximately every three months and will usually take place in Croydon Council. The meetings will approximately one hour. We will support you to participate through: reimbursement of out of pocket expenses; an induction meeting and any necessary training.

Interested?

You can apply if you:

·       Are over 18

·       Live in the Croydon borough and have experience/knowledge of using oral health services

·       Can work collaboratively and observe the need for confidentiality when required

·       Can commit to one hour every three months to attend meetings; and

·       Are passionate and committed to improving the quality of care for patients 

How to apply?

For more information please contact: Damian Brewer or Susan Mubiru on Damian.brewer@croydon.gov.uk or susan.mubiru@croydon.gov.uk

To apply, download the application and monitoring forms - link below - and send them to croydon-getinvolved@swlondon.nhs.uk.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20nd September

https://www.croydonccg.nhs.uk/news-publications/news/Pages/Help-us-improve-Oral-Health-in-Croydon.aspx