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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.

   Patient Participation Group Network

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are helping shape health services across Redditch and Bromsgrove, by bringing the views of patients to the CCG. There is a local PPG Network made up of representatives from GP practice PPGs across Redditch and Bromsgrove. It works as a forum for sharing information both about PPGs and feeding back on NHS services. The aim is to help ensure that the voice of patients is at the heart of the CCG’s decision making processes, and that patients and their groups have the opportunity to share good practice.

For more information on the PPG network and its events, please e-mail rbccg@nhs.net or contact us on 01527 482900.

   Patient and Public Involvement Forum

Our NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Patient Participation Forum (PPF Forum) is a steering group to support onward engagement.

Managed by an elected Chair, who will represent the PPI Forum on RBCCG Governing Body as a voting member, the group will support commissioning decisions and ensure the involvement of the public is a given across all levels of decision making.

The group currently has a range of members linked to specific specialist groups (ie: Redditch Older People’s Forum, Learning Disabilities and special health groups) that are generate ideas and opinions about health services. The group has limited places to ensure meaningful discussions take place at the meetings. With nearly full membership, we have a broad scope of representation with our members, who are also members of various health and community groups in the local area. This will ensure we are feeding information back to wider audiences. 

   Other ways to get involved

The 'Now Have Your Say' scheme enables patients and the public to work together with us to better understand and help shape local health services.

The aim of the 'Now Have Your Say' membership scheme is to give you the opportunity to;

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

There are three different levels of involvement on this Membership scheme to cater for everyone’s requirements.

  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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