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Community equipment specialist Medequip has formed a new partnership with an independent organisation that gives people a voice to improve and shape health and social care services, Your Voice in Health and Social Care (YVHSC).

In 2022, the partnership plans to recruit a mixed panel of representatives across London to help improve Medequip’s community equipment service, which is currently covering over 200,000 people in 21 London Boroughs.

The aim of the new monthly panel meetings will be to bring together service users, their relatives and carers with community experts to help Medequip better understand what the company is doing well, areas in need of improvement, and help to cooperatively develop a progression plan for the services.

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To ensure the best outcome for Medequip service users and those involved in their care, the panel’s role will be to advise, guide and support the project in a collaborative manner, supported by YVHSC delivering on decisions made by the panel.

Medequip is urging service users, their relatives and carers, as well as community experts from relevant charities, communities and voluntary sector groups, to consider joining the panel in a bid to improve the service across London.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd March, meeting monthly for approximately six months to complete the initial work.

Role details:

  • Voluntary role
  • Monthly meetings
  • Expenses paid
  • Apply February 2022
  • First meeting 23rd March 2022

Key information and benefits of volunteering with YVHSC:

  •  This will be offered initially as a virtual voluntary opportunity, with hope to meet face-to-face in the future, as the coronavirus situation changes.
  •  Relevant expenses, including carers’ back-fill, will be paid per YVHSC’s expenses policy.
  •  Participants will have access to all YVHSC’s training resources and be a part of a network of over 250 volunteers.
  •  This is a social role where you will meet new people and work closely as a team.

Tim Spilsbury, CEO of YVHSC stated, “We are delighted to be partnering with Medequip on a project that gives people a real voice to improve and shape Medequip services.

“This co-production piece is the start of a journey that will ensure Medequip’s valued services can better reflect the needs of the community and that the community can receive an ever-improving service.

“This will impact over 200,000 vulnerable people in London. We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative.”

For more information or to register your interest in joining the panel, please call 07944 391 223 or email vip@yvhsc.org.uk.

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