Members of practice patient participation groups, community and voluntary sector organisations and district councillors are meeting at one of three Network Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) that have been set up across the area.
Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group established the groups to support the development of primary care services locally by providing geographical community reference groups for the GP Networks in each area.
The groups enable patients and community representatives to help shape the local business plans for each area as well as supporting communication and engagement with the wider population.
George Adamson, Leader of Cannock Chase District Council and a member of the Cannock Network PPG said: “Being a member of the Network PPG is a really useful and easy way to get involved and to learn what is really happening in our local NHS. It only takes a couple of hours every 3 months and is well worth the effort.”
Sharon Wright, who attends the Network PPGs on behalf of the Azheimers Society, added: “Being part of the network has many values both from a personal perspective, as a resident of Cannock, and also a work perspective. By finding out what is happening to local health services in the area, I am able to ensure that key messages are shared with the wider community.
“It is a valued forum to help manage change and to influence decision makers.”
There are three Network PPGs that have been established in Cannock Chase, covering the GP practices in the following areas:
- Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay, Norton Canes and Essington
They each meet quarterly and have already helped to support the CCG in terms of raising awareness about the Choose Well Campaign – which informs people about the different options available when you need medical help – and the Medicines Waste Campaign – which aims to reduce the £1.5million of medicines that are wasted every year locally.
The next meetings for each of the Networks will take place on the following dates:
Rugeley – 3rd June 2015, 2nd September 2015, 2nd December 2015, 2nd March 2016
Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay, Norton Canes and Essington – 11th June 2015, 10th September 2015, 10th December 2015, 10th March 2016
Cannock – 24th September, 10th December, 24th March 2016