Virtual Views

Help us to help you by becoming a Virtual Views member

We all have a part to play in leading a healthier lifestyle and keeping well for longer. Supporting our communities to come together is at the heart of why organisations responsible for providing health and care services have teamed up as Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership. To help us make the right choices in how we plan for the future, we are asking residents to join our Virtual Views citizens’ panel and have a say.

What is the Virtual Views Panel?

The Virtual Views panel will collect the views of a wide range of residents across our area through regular surveys. Our Partnership covers mid and south Essex which includes, Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Maldon, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock.

The feedback we get from local people will help us continually improve and develop how we work together to provide health and care services to the different communities we serve.

What’s in it for me?

You will have the opportunity to have your views heard by local health and care decision-makers. You will also find out about new plans and ideas from the Partnership. This includes local authorities, hospitals, GP’s and other health care providers. The Virtual Views panel aims to regularly gauge residents’ views on a range of health and care related topics. The information we gather will help shape the choices we make in how we deliver care and support for the 1.2 million people living in our area.

Apply to join our Virtual Views panel

Frequently Asked Questions

How often you get involved is entirely up to you. As a minimum, we will invite you to participate in four to eight online surveys each year. The number of questions in each survey will vary. However, the surveys will not take too long to complete. In joining the panel, members agree to receive communications from us throughout the year. Your commitment can end there. However, the Partnership is seeking for some panel members who may wish to be more involved in providing feedback through face-to-face workshops or focus groups. We will send out invitations to join in, but there is no obligation to take part.  If you do attend events or focus groups, reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed upon evidence of receipt.

In order to be eligible to join and become a panel member, you must be 16 years old or over and live in or be registered with a GP in the areas covered in mid and south Essex by the Partnership. You do not need any previous experience or expertise in health or care to join.

We want to make sure the Virtual Views panel is representative of our community and has a balance of people of different ages, backgrounds, and from different parts of the area. To accomplish this aim, we will recruit people to match our community profile.

To ensure the Virtual Views panel is representative of the local population, we have to collect personal information about you at the point of joining. The personal information includes details such as your name, address, age and ethnicity. All personal information is stored securely by Civica and Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

All the information you provide will be kept completely confidential, and will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Civica hosts all panel member data on their panel membership platform. Your data will never be shared with anyone else other than Civica and Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

Civica is the data processor working on behalf of Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership, who are the data controller. Information on our privacy notice can be found here.