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Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Sector Health Forum

About

The Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Sector Health Forum is a meeting point for the health services and more than 50 community groups in Fareham and Gosport that support people with health conditions.

The Forum allows patients to influence how health services meet their needs and become more effective.

Purpose 

To engage, inform and support local health and disability groups in the area so that:

  1. They can collectively have their say and influence decision making
  2. Their work is known and valued by healthcare providers, including GPs
  3. They can put forward proposals to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with long-term conditions, and support their families
  4. They are informed about proposals for the development of health services by the Clinical Commissioning Group, and can respond individually or collectively.
  5. They can provide feedback or raise concerns about health services for the specific needs of patients with particular conditions.

Upcoming Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Sector Health Forum meetings

  • The next Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Sector Health Forum meeting will be replaced with the Fareham & Gosport Health and Wellbeing Fayre, which will be held at Gosport Leisure Centre on Saturday, 9th July 2022, from 10.30am to 2pm.  More information
  • It is anticipated (but yet to be confirmed) that the next webinar will be held on: Weds, 5th October (this date may be a face-to-face meeting – also to be confirmed).

The Fareham and Gosport area’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) 

NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for purchasing healthcare for patients in Fareham and Gosport, and is required by law to consult with patients.  The Health Forum helps the CCG to do this more effectively.

Membership 

The Forum is open to all health and disability-related support groups, clubs and charities in Fareham and Gosport that aim to improve the health and well-being of their members. Representatives of the CCG will also attend.

Past meetings/webinars

Due to Covid-19, no further in-person Health Forum meetings have been held since February 2020 . However, we are pleased to report that online webinar meetings have been running as of 9th November 2020, and will continue to do so until we are able to safely conduct face-to-face meetings again.

Meetings are organised four times a year, and hosted alternately by Community First Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Action.  Groups unable to send a representative can participate in advance by email or phone.  The agenda goes out by email a week before meetings, and responses from groups are collated. Generally the meetings have a theme, and ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

The Forum is not a channel for individual cases or complaints to be raised.

Materials from past webinars and face-to-face meetings:

Upcoming events

Fareham & Gosport Health and Wellbeing Fayre, Sat 9th July 2022 (Showcasing Voluntary Sector Health & Wellbeing Services)

When: Saturday, 9th July 2022, 10.30am to 2pm

Where: Gosport Leisure Centre

Open to: Everyone! The Fareham & Gosport Health Forum invites members of the public to come along and explore a whole host of health and wellbeing stands, presentations, opportunities and taster sessions, such as ‘Healthy Walks’, indoor sports activities and initiatives at the upcoming Fareham & Gosport Voluntary Sector Health and Wellbeing Fayre. No booking required, so please come along and join us on Gosport Leisure Centre on Sat, 9th July from 10.30am to 2pm. For more information about what to expect on the day can be found here. For queries or further information, please contact mandy.broom@cfirst.org.uk

Health Forum News Updates 

During Covid-19, Health Forum Newsletters were introduced (past editions available on request). As of January 2021, key updates from the Fareham and Gosport Voluntary Sector Health Forum are shared with Members via email. If you are interested in receiving regular updates by email, and/or would like to submit text for forthcoming editions, please contact jackie.hartless@cfirst.org.uk

Contact Us

For more information contact us by phone: 01329 231899 (Fareham) or 02392 583836 (Gosport).

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