Green Lane Primary parents work with Bradford GPs to improve health services

Parents at Green Lane Primary School will take part in a consultation with NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to find out how their healthcare experiences could help shape service improvements.

Families’ experiences will be shared during the sessions on Thursday 19 June to improve Bradford City CCG’s understanding of parents’ needs in relation to accessing GPs and other health services in Manningham.

Further sessions at the school will be led by a GP from Bradford City CCG and will also provide parents with health advice on caring for minor ailments at home.

In a final event, Bradford City CCG will feedback to the parents on any changes that may be made based on the initial consultation about local health care services.  This approach will form a pilot that could be rolled out to other schools.

The project came about following an event organised by Manningham Masterplan in September last year hosted by Cllr Dave Green, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, to raise awareness of health issues in Manningham

GPs from Bradford City CCG and Bradford Districts CCG visited Manningham along with Councillors, Bradford Council officers and members of the Manningham Masterplan Board to look at projects tackling health inequalities in the area.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of Manningham Masterplan, said:

“There have been huge changes in how health services are being delivered in local communities. We’re bringing together health professionals with Bradford parents in Manningham to see how policies translate into practice.

“It's the real life stories beyond the statistics which we wanted the health professionals to experience.”

Max Mclean, lay member for patient and public involvement at Bradford City CCG, said: “Health is important to everyone - enabling people to lead a fulfilling life at work, school, home, and in the community. This provides an opportunity for senior people working in health and social care to listen to the parents of children in Manningham and discuss ideas to improve services for everyone’s benefit.

“The more we involve and engage with young people and their parents, the more we can learn from their real-life experiences of using local services and tap into their ideas for making health services more accessible and effective.”

Kevin Holland, Headmaster of Green Lane Primary School, said: “To be involved in a pilot project which could improve the health of the children in the area for years to come is a great privilege. We hope the feedback from the parents will be invaluable in creating a health future for the next generation.”

Bradford City CCG is the smallest, in terms of population, and most deprived CCG in the country. It is also the youngest with 35% of the area’s population being under 19 years of age.