What are Community Conversations?

We’re asking people across the country to share their health and care experiences, to help bring about national change. Miriam Levin, Engage Britain’s Programme Director, walks through this important first step in the process.

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We’re keen for all voices to be heard, says Miriam Levin (our Programme Director)

Health and care is the biggest challenge facing our country – as prioritised by you, the British public. And it’s become even more urgent during this pandemic.

So it’s the first challenge Engage Britain is working on. First, we need to find out exactly what about health and care really matters to people.

So we’re launching a series of 100 community conversations, happening across England, Scotland, Wales from January to May 2021.

We’re keen for all voices to be heard.

What’s involved in each community conversation

The plan is to have 100 of these conversations – online rather than face to face, given the Covid situation – with different groups across the whole country.

It’s a chance to share your experience of health and care.

What is working well? What is less good? What would you want to change and make better? And what are your ideas for how to do that?

Hearing from frontline staff

As well as hearing from members of the public, we’ll be bringing together frontline staff – nurses, doctors, carers – and others who work in health and care.

They’re at the coalface every single day. We know they’ll have loads of good ideas about how to make things run better.

And people who rely heavily on the NHS

We also want to talk to people who rely on the NHS or care services for their daily well-being.

Because if we don’t meet their needs, then we haven’t come up with plans that are any good.

What happens next

There will be 100 conversations held online, given the Covid situation

Between these three groups we’ll get a good understanding of the things that matter to people about health and care, and people’s priorities for change.

We’ll then take all that amazing richness – people’s experiences and ideas for what could be done differently – and feed it into the next stage of the process.

That’s why these conversations are the bedrock on which the rest of our work will be built.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to share your views on health and care, take part in a conversation in your community or become a conversation host, get in touch at healthandcare@engagebritain.org