We're committed to involving patients, carers and members of the public in all areas of work. This is to ensure you are at the centre of how services are planned, delivered and monitored to meet the needs of local people. We also have a legal duty to engage with patients and the public. We try to do this in a range of ways.
Join a local patient forum
Speak to your GP surgery about joining the Patient Participation Group (PPG) if they have one. You can also attend one of our District Patient Groups which provide a local perspective on health matters and influence the development of services. The District Patient Groups feed directly into the CCGs’ Governing Bodies via a Commissioning Patient Council.
This year we have been working on improving our ‘face-to-face engagement model’. This work was designed with patients and builds on the existing network of PPGs. A representative from each PPG is invited to attend a CCG District Patient Group. The aim is to inform and engage the population in CCG activities and local health services beyond their GP practice. The District Patient Groups are also open to individuals and organisations outside the PPGs who can represent the views of people from different backgrounds and all parts of the local community. If you are interested in joining a District Patient Group please contact us.
Now our three CCGs are working more closely together, we have introduced a Patient Council for the entire south Staffordshire area. The aim is to develop a forum of informed people to contribute to the planning, development and delivery of the most effective health services for the local population. The Patient Council brings together representatives from the community and voluntary sector as well as from the District Patient Groups.
Our CCGs offer a free membership scheme for people wanting to learn more and be involved in specific work. You can also join our mailing list for our quarterly newsletter.
Usually every other month the CCG’s Governing Body meets in public – which means you can attend to hear what’s happening and ask questions.
If you like to tweet, don’t forget to follow us @NHSCannockChase and get involved in our conversations.