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Issue 16 : 24 July 2018

Welcome to Your Voice

CCG News

Our Forward View

We hope that you’ll be interested in having a look at ‘Our Forward View’, which  contains short summaries of the CCGs’ performance, finances, priority areas of focus and success stories, based on the information from the CCGs’ annual reports. If you read this online you can also click on links to  videos of Accountable Officer: Marcus Warnes, Director of Nursing and Quality: Heather Johnstone and Chief Finance Officer: Alistair Mulvey. The link is:
Please do share this link with your PPG colleagues and as widely as possible.

Annual General Meeting

Patients and members of the public from across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent came together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS and hear of future plans for improved healthcare at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in common of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups, which was held on 3rd July at the Bridge Centre, Birches Head.

Werrington GP Dr Alison Bradley, Clinical Chair of North Staffordshire CCG detailed the history of the NHS and outlined the key achievements, from foundation in 1948, to early immunisation successes to the introduction of MRI and CT scans and the development of screening programmes. She also spoke about recent achievement including the Citizens’ Jury report into improving access to mental health services and ways being developed to improve access to NHS services.  Read more ...

PPG News

NHS70 Celebrations in Biddulph

It was evident from news programmes etc.that many people across the country joined in the Anniversary celebrations for the NHS which reached 70 years of age on 5th July 2018.  The Patient Participation Groups of Biddulph Doctors and Biddulph Valley Surgery decided to join in the celebration of this very special event by having display boards set up in the Primary Care Centre, Sainsbury's, The Library, the Town Hall, and the Leisure Centre all of their support was much appreciated. 

The featured photographs depicted the impact the NHS had on our Biddulph town and surrounding area, particularly when Biddulph Grange was a hospital and when the General Practitioners became available to all.
It was very encouraging to receive so many positive comments about the displays and expressions of thanks to our Groups for their efforts in providing the reminders of these early days of free healthcare.  It has certainly been interesting to see the reactions when residents were able to spot themselves or a relative or friend in the black and white images displayed.  Thanks go to Mr & Mrs Lomas, Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society, Biddulph Museum, and Members of Biddulph Photographers (past and present) for providing the photographs that have enabled the displays to be seen and enjoyed by so many.
The NHS Celebration event followed quite closely to the Patient Participation Group Awareness Week in June.  This annual nationwide project raises the profile of the Groups and what their activities actually involve, such as promoting "Patient Access" to online services.  This is available to all those registered at our two Practices.  DNAs (did not attends) were also highlighted with the aim of encouraging patients to ensure appointments are attended or cancelled so that the appointment can be taken up by another patient.  The first stage of The "Medicines Matter" campaign is also proceeding, this is aimed at reducing waste by patients only requesting those medicines they require to avoid stockpiling, resulting in a reduction in the amount of money lost to the NHS due to the vast volume of returned medicines having to be destroyed.
Biddulph Valley Surgery PPG meet every six weeks, and Biddulphdoctors every other month.  Meetings take place in the Practice building and Practice personnel including GPs, nurses and administration staff will attend when invited.  A wide range of issues which affect patients are discussed although Group members never have access to patient details.  On occasion Guest speakers will also be invited to attend.   

Minutes of the meetings are published on the Practices' websites.  Any patients of our Practices are welcome to become actual members and attend meetings or virtual members if preferred, being kept informed of what has been taking place by electronic means.  Information on membership is available for patients at the relevant reception desks.

NHS England News

Central Midlands and North Midlands
Lay Members wanted

NHS England Central Midlands and North Midlands are recruiting Lay Members (who will sit on decision making panels for the Medical Directorate). The role of the Lay Member is to represent the public and to provide openness and transparency in the handling of performance concerns. NHSE would be particularly interested to hear from members of patient participation groups, or those with a legal or human resources background . More information including job descriptions and an application form are attached. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 August.

Follow the links for the full job advert, Lay Member job description, Lay Chair job description and application form.

STP News

Together We're Better Newsletter

Follow the link for the latest update from Together We’re Better – the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. Together We’re Better newsletter July 2018 

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