The CCG is working to further strengthen our current links with practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) as part of our public participation work. Our Communications and Engagement Strategy 2018 can be found on our website here.
We have been building links with PPGs through our engagement work on the Joint Health Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) and the Musculoskeletal and Pain Service engagement and we are working to re-establish quarterly Locality PPG meetings in each of the localities (North, Central, West and Blyth Valley) as an opportunity to have two way conversations and feed in the views of PPGs to our staff and board.
We have engaged with practice representatives including GPs and practice managers at our monthly Locality Meetings, and strengthening our links with PPGs has also been has been discussed with and Healthwatch Northumberland. Information has been shared with practices and PPGs in the Practice Update ebulletin.
The first North Locality PPG meeting has been held and work is continuing to establish this model across the other three localities.
Any PPG members interested in coming to locality PPG meetings can contact the CCG’s communications and engagement manager on email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Closure of Collingwood Medical Group
Collingwood Medical Group in Blyth is no longer providing GP services for patients. The practice took the difficult decision to terminate its contract and after careful consideration of all the available options, the CCG reluctantly decided that the practice would close permanently on 30 November 2018.
The CCG held a period of engagement and a series of drop in sessions for patients to come along and find out more information on the closure and how to re-register with another practice. The practice has now closed.
Northumberland Joint Musculoskeletal and Pain Service
The CCG held a period of engagement on the potential development of a new joint musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain service in the county. The engagement took place with patients, the public, stakeholders and GP practices in Northumberland and included a survey in paper and digital formats and a visit to a practice.
To view a copy of the full engagement feedback report click MSK Engagement Feedback Report November 2018
A New Hospital for Berwick
The following links provide updated information from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHCFT) about a new hospital for Berwick.
Other closed engagement