South Warwickshire Public and Patient Participation Group (PPPG) has been set up to include a member of each existing practice-level Patient Reference Group. This group brings together the views of the groups they are representing in one place so that the CCG will get a feel for patient opinion throughout south Warwickshire.
South Warwickshire PPPG also has members from independent patient groups and representatives from voluntary sector organisations, including a Healthwatch representative. We train our PPPG members on engagement and consultation so that they are fully up-to-speed on good practice and consultation law.
The members monitor and provide feedback on the CCG's engagement plans and activities to assure the CCG Governing Body that engagement with the public and patients is an integral part of our work in commissioning NHS care and services.
- will be approached by the CCG for feedback on commissioning decisions
- actively promote public awareness of health and social care issues
- support the CCG at public engagement events or consultations when required
- actively promote membership of their Patient Reference Group (PRG) and/or Patient Participation Group (PPG).
To get involved, contact your GP practice about joining your local Patient Reference Group.
The latest PPG update is available here.
The PPPG at work...
During 2019 the PPPG met eight times; and discussed and fed back on the following topics:
· Extended Access
· Patient Transport
· NHS111 and GP out of Hours Services provided by Care UK
· Primary Care Networks and the impact on patients
· Out of Hospital one year on
· Driving the digital agenda
· South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust appointment system
· Managing Dementia – what is happening locally
· Finance – an update on the CCG budget and financial position
· Integrated Care System (ICS)
· An update on two ICS projects – Cancer and Maternity and Paediatrics
The CCG produces regular reports for the PPPG to ensure they are kept up-to-date with the latest local issues, projects and plans, and have an opportunity to have their say. Our Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement and Healthwatch also provide regular updates to the group.
The PPPG creates Task and Finish Groups when they wish to investigate or follow up on certain topics. Two such groups formed in 2019 – one to explore Maternity Services and one to investigate the future of the PPPG as we move into Integrated Care Systems, Place and Primary Care Networks.
To support the commissioning process and to ensure and assure the appropriate level of engagement is undertaken for service redesign projects or other CCG plans or initiatives, the PPPG provides representatives for the CCG Gateway Panel. The PPPG also supports many CCG projects, often by providing patient representatives to support procurement or delivery of projects. Recent examples have been working on a survey to gather patient views on GP practice websites and supporting the CCG to look at Extended Access primary care appointments.