Patient Participation Awareness Week
June 19th – 24th 2017
NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of Patient Participation Groups and celebrating the success of its dedicated volunteer ‘Community Champions’ during Patient Participation Awareness Week.
The Community Council launched by the CCG three years ago has successfully recruited a team of committed and passionate volunteers who are working with communities in Darlington, seeking patient views and ensuring they have a real say in how local health services are run.
There have spoken to hundreds of patients and want to use Patient Participation Awareness Week to encourage people to get involved with their local Patient Participation Group (PPG). Each GP practice is encouraged to have a PPG to ensure the patient’s perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improved.
Dr Andrea Jones, Chair, NHS Darlington CCG said, ‘We have a fantastic team of Community Champions who are dedicated to listening to the voice of patients. The Community Council is going from strength to strength and feedback from patients really does make a difference to the decisions we make as commissioners of local health services. They also play a great role in raising awareness of health issues and informing local people about changes to health services such as recent changes to urgent care.’
Michelle Thompson, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement and the Community Council Chair, NHS Darlington CCG said,’ I know how important it is to ensure people who use health services have a say in how those services are delivered. We are the people who use them and we know whether something is working well or not so well. I would encourage anyone to get involved with either their GP practice or with the Darlington CCG who commission (buy) local health services in Darlington because working together can really make a difference.’
The Community Council is forging close links with local patient participation groups. Every GP practice should have one and if you would like to get involved in yours speak to your local GP practice manager.