Giving patients a say in local health services

People with a range of different neurological conditions, and their carers, are being offered the chance to get involved in planning and improving health services through a new free course in Tayside.

‘Neurological Voices’ is a short training course for people with conditions such as Ataxia, Dystonia, Epilepsy, Huntington’s Disease, ME, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as their carers, and is run by the Neurological Alliance of Scotland, in partnership with NHS Tayside.

The course runs for three half-days, spread over two weeks.

It explains how the NHS operates and highlights how patients and carers can have their say to influence local services. Training is carefully paced and will be made accessible to everyone who attends.

NHS Tayside has been working on its strategy for improving neurological services and wants to have patients and carers round the table.

This course prepares people to communicate their views effectively and make the most of this opportunity to be involved in improving services.

People can find out whether the full course and the role of patient representative is right for them by coming along to one of the two-hour ‘taster’ sessions taking place in October in Forfar, Perth and Dundee.

Jan Anderson of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland said: “These events give patients a chance to express their views on their treatment and care and to hear about other people’s experiences. We are keen to have a range of conditions represented, and people can be reassured that we will take the needs of everyone who attends into account.”

One of the three taster sessions will be held in the Forfar Guide Hall, Myre on Friday, October 21 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

The full Neurological Voices course will take place at Ashludie Hospital on Tuesday, November 15, Friday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 23 between 10.30 am and 1.30pm.

Tasters and training are free, with refreshments provided, and all travel expenses will be paid.

There are 20 places at each taster course and ten places on the full course, so people who are interested are encouraged to request a booking form as soon as possible.

To note interest, request a booking form, or ask any questions contact Jan Anderson on 07703 185 856, email or write to Jan Anderson, Neurological Alliance of Scotland, Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB.