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 Local groups and forums
Local groups and forum

   Practice level Patient Participation Groups

Working with our local GP colleagues, we will encourage practices to develop and grow their own Patient Participation Groups. These groups work by building a relationship between the practice and its patients and share information. Often the groups are 'virtual' with email or post communication, but some do meet face-to-face. We recommend if you would like to 'get involved' in local health you sign up to your practice Patient Participation Group. If you would like to know more about your practice’s PPG group and how you can become involved, ask at your practice.

   Worcestershire Involvement Network

NHS Redditch & Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) have set up a Worcestershire Wide Involvement Network (WIN) that brings the public voice to the heart of the organisations. The WIN enables patients and the public to work together with us to better understand and help shape local health services.

The aim of the WIN is to give you the opportunity to:

  •         Have your say and debate issues
  •         Access up to date information about your CCGs
  •         Help us improve the future local health services
  •         Learn more about your areas of interest

Find out more and sign up

  Other Groups

Other Worcestershire groups and organisations will be engaged with directly. The groups include the voluntary and community sector, carers, hard-to-reach / seldom-heard groups, Healthwatch Worcestershire and the Worcestershire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

We use a variety of methods to enable engagement throughout the Engagement Cycle appropriate to the subject and audience. Please see the diagram below which illustrates this, and is based on the 'Ladder of Participation'(Arnstein, 1969).

  Healthwatch

The CCG works closely with Healthwatch, they are a key stakeholder, as a feedback mechanism to gain residents views on issues likely to affect commissioning, as well as delivering signposting and advice services. They will also enable us to gain access to specific audiences (ie: based on geographic location, age group, socio-economic group or ethnic background).

Likewise, we will have built relationships with other groups and forums including Neighbourhood Forums, Young People’s Groups, special health interest groups, the voluntary and community sector and others that represent the views of minority groups.

For more information visit the Healthwatch Worcestershire Website.

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