Patient and Public Advisory Group

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The patient and public advisory group is made up of core members of patients, carers and members of the public. The groups discuss current services we commission and how we engage with our local population.

By sharing experiences, the members contribute to the development of services that are high quality, safe and meet the needs of our local population.

The group meets every two months and the chair of the group is our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lay Member who will report the work of the group to the Governing Body.

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Summary of PPAG meetings

 15th June 2017

The PPAG met for a training session on Equality and Diversity, Governance and Safeguarding.

The training session covered the basic essentials to help members in their role.


18th July 2017

The PPAG met to discuss the priorities for them as a group and undertook a mapping exercise to help shape the PPAGs action plan for the next 12 months.


17th August 2017

The PPAG met to discuss the action plan that the CCG had pulled together following the mapping session in July.  PPAG members raised comments and shared feedback on the actions which will be fed into the amended action plan

20th September 2017

PPAG members attended and supported the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and health and wellbeing fair at the CCG offices.

26th October 2107

The PPAG met to discuss the current financial pressures on the NHS both locally and regionally. The group watched the kings fund video, explaining how the NHS is structured and funded.  The link to the video is:


22nd December 2017

The PPAG met and signed off the Action plan for the group.  The group then discussed the following topics:

  • Shared Decision Making (SDM)
  • Rapid Specialist Opinion (RSO)
  • The CCGs Green rating on the Patient and Community Engagement Indicator (CCGIAF) in 2017/18
  • Respite Consultation
  • Prehabilitation


15th February 2018

The PPAG met and discussed the NHS England consultation on ‘Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCGs’.  We asked the PPAG for their views and also how we seek feedback from wider contacts.  The views were fed into the CCGs response to the consultation.



19th April 2018

The PPAG met and Caroline Gitsham, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement for the CCG and Chair of the group summarised the review of the year and all that the PPAG had achieved.  This included the work that PPAG members did around the Rapid Specialist opinion (RSO) project, helping re-design the patient aids for Shared Decision Making, feeding views and comments into the NHS England medicines consultation and informing the work of the Prehabilitation project Prepwell.

The group shared feedback on their experiences as members and identified themes to inform the next 12 month action plan for the group.