Following the decision of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to approve the recommendation to invest in a new community hospital in the Forest of Dean to replace Dilke Memorial and Lydney and District Community, Citizens Juries Community Interest Company (CIC) have been appointed to run an independent citizens’ jury, to consider the location of a new hospital. Citizen’s Juries CIC is a social enterprise dedicated to designing and running citizens’ juries, supported by the University of Manchester. It works in partnership with the Jefferson Center, the US-based charity which developed the citizens’ jury method.
The appointment of Citizen’s Juries CIC reflects feedback from the public consultation where people who responded were clear that they wanted local residents to be involved in making a recommendation to Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group regarding the preferred location of a new community hospital for the Forest of Dean.
The “jury” will be made up of 18 local residents and four health care professionals. In April, Citizens Juries CIC will invite applications from local residents to be involved in the jury, ensuring a balance in terms of age, gender and geography. It is expected that the jury will sit for three and a half days and be presented with information and hear from expert witnesses to take a view on whether they think the new hospital should be located in, or near, Cinderford, Coleford or Lydney.
Katie Norton, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said: “Citizens Juries CIC are experienced in delivering independent and thorough citizens’ juries and we are delighted that they will be able to bring their expertise and independence to help us to progress the next step in this important opportunity to invest in a new hospital for the Forest of Dean.”
NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s GP Liaison lead for the Forest of Dean, Dr Lawrence Fielder said: “It is good to see that citizen and clinical representation will be an important part of this process and that progress is being made. There was strong support during the consultation for the criteria that will help guide this work and for developing a recommendation on a preferred location using a forum of this kind.”
Dr Malcolm Oswald, Director of Citizens Juries CIC, said: “We are excited to be working with local people from across the Forest of Dean. This process is about ensuring that local people’s voices and needs are heard, we will present the conclusions from the citizens’ jury to Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in June 2018.”
More information about the recruitment of the citizens’ jury will be shared in April 2018.
20 March 2018