Many of the GP Practices in Cannock Chase have established Patient Participation Groups which provide an opportunity for patients to get involved at a local level.
The groups not only enable patients to be kept up to date about their own practice but also to hear about projects being undertaken by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) including proposals to develop new services in the area.
If you are interested in joining a Patient Participation Group, please contact your local GP Practice.
If your practice does not currently have a group in place but you would still like to get involved in decisions about local health care services please contact us.
To support members of PPGs and to enable them to make a real contribution to the health and wellbeing of their local community, we have developed a PPG Handbook. Feedback from our members told us that even as members of PPGs, people do not always understand the role of the CCG, its relationship with other NHS partners and the role that PPGs can play.
The PPG Handbook was created in partnership with PPG members and aims to develop a greater understanding of how the CCG and other parts of the NHS work. It also aims to give PPG members the confidence to help us to spread this understanding more widely in the community, so that a broader range of people can become involved in the development of effective and sustainable health and care services.
Network Patient Participation Groups
In addition to the Practice-based Patient Participation Groups, the CCG has established three Network Patient Participation Groups, which bring together a number of different representatives from a particular locality within Cannock Chase.
The aim of the Network PPG is to complement the practice groups that are already in place but to increase the membership to improve and extend the CCG's communication and engagement with the wider public.
The Network PPGs also support a Clinical Network in each locality, which enables the GP practices in that area to work in collaboration on the design and delivery of new services and to tailor services to meet the particular needs of patients in their locality.
Each Clinical Network has developed a Network Business Plan, which has been agreed by the Network PPGs, and identifies the local priorities for each area.
The three areas that the Network PPGs cover include: