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The search is underway for members of the public to sit on an independent Citizens’ Jury which will identify advantages and disadvantages of ‘potential solutions’ for delivering specialist hospital services in Gloucestershire in the future.

Citizens Juries CIC* are advertising for Jury applicants until 28 October and will ensure the 18 strong Jury, which sits for five days in public from 9 December 2019, reflects the county’s diverse population.

Gloucestershire residents can apply to become a Jury member through www.citizensjuries.org

The Citizens’ Jury will consider feedback from the Fit for the Future public and staff engagement, together with evidence on the need for change across Gloucestershire’s two main hospital sites – Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal.

They will make recommendations on a range of possible solutions for development of specialist hospital services, specifically Accident, Emergency and Assessment Services (including A&E), general surgery and image guided surgery.

They will also assess the idea of a centres of excellence approach to providing services across the two sites.

Director of Citizens Juries CIC, Dr Malcolm Oswald said: “The independent Jury will consider staff and public feedback including survey findings, outputs from events, service workshops and the engagement hearing.

They will also hear evidence from expert witnesses on the need for change, access to services and best clinical practice.

After careful assessment of this information, Jurors will make recommendations about the benefits and drawbacks of a wide range of potential solutions and the evaluation criteria as part of a Jurors Report which will be published days after the Jury ends.”

The potential solutions will be narrowed down during an appraisal exercise in public later in December and will then be subject to further review.

Any significant options or changes proposed that follow on from the engagement period will be subject to full public consultation in Spring 2020.

Medical Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Mark Pietroni said: “No decisions have made been made about the type or range of services to be provided at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the future and we welcome the role of the independent Citizens’ Jury as an important part of the engagement process.”