Johnny Graham, who sits on the Lisburn ICP committee as a service user and carer representative, said he had always been interested in the health service and got involved by simply responding to an online advertisement.
“Here I am two years later, hopefully being of some use,” he said.
Describing the role of ICPs to design services in the community that are “better, more efficient, more effective and better for patients”, he said working in partnership with a range of people who deliver local services had shown him that the solution to a problem lay within a local community.
“We all work together trying to tease out solutions to areas where we think improvement can be found. If we get money we’ll roll it out and maybe over 18 months see if it works and if it works implement it into the main stream service and hope that others in other ICPs follow suit.
“You have to allow the people delivering the service to sort the problems out in their own area,” he said.
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