The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recognises the critical importance and value of engaging with patients and the public in order to improve health outcomes for the local population.
The CCG has a Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) Committee, which is a formal sub-committee, directly accountable to the Governing Body to assure the CCG that it meets its duties for engagement and to communicate in a meaningful way with the general public.
Furthermore, the committee has explored ways to strengthen its scrutiny role over engagement activity and impact across the CCG.
During the course of 2017-18 the committee met on 4 occasions.
The committee revised its engagement structure and updated its terms of reference which were in turn ratified by the Governing Body in May 2017. It was agreed following this that a Community Ambassador representative from the Communication and Engagement Action Group (see next section) would be invited to sit on the committee.
You can view the PPE Committee's Terms of Reference here.
Communication and Engagement and Action Group
This group has a role to ensure that we engage with and listen to patients and our general public, sharing new ideas, understanding people’s views and experiences and sharing what has and hasn’t worked. Invited representatives from our local Patient Participation Groups, Community Ambassadors and Voluntary Sector representatives are joined by CCG staff and the Governing Body GP with responsibility for Patient and Public Involvement.
In the past year the group has discussed and advised on a number of engagement projects including our Innovation Conference, AGM and Community Forums (see next section).
Our Community Forum enables conversations between local decision makers and local people, providing a feedback channel to the Clinical Commissioning Group and back to our community on issues relating to local health services, in particular where these affect communities in Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet and Yateley.
The forum also tests ideas for engagement, is a place to evaluate the effectiveness of our engagement and communications activity. It also provides space for networking and sharing across organisations representing the local community.
The Community Forum is open to anyone but formal invitations are also sent out to local Healthwatch, staff from local provider organisations, local voluntary sector organisations, faith and community groups, ensuring we include young people and children, local authority staff and Patient Participation Groups/Area Patient Group.