We are very excited to invite you to the new West Sussex PPG Network, which will be held on the following two dates:
- Tuesday 21 April | 2pm – 4.30pm | Field Place | The Boulevard | Worthing | BN13 1NP
- Wednesday 29 April | 1.30pm – 4pm | Clair Hall | Perrymount Road | Hayward’s Heath | RH16 3DN
As you all are probably aware, the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in West Sussex will be aligning into one West Sussex CCG from the 1 April 2020. In light of this organisational change, and following feedback received from both the Coastal West Sussex PPG Forum and the Commissioning Patient Reference Group (CPRG) in Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex, the Public Involvement Team are looking at ways in which we can bring together the voice of all PPGs across the county into one unified place.
Therefore, we are merging the CPRG and the Coastal West Sussex PPG Forums into one network. We are very aware of the vast geography of West Sussex, and therefore we will still be holding one meeting in the North Place and one in the Coastal area to ensure that as many PPG members as possible are able to attend and feed in to the conversations held at each.
From April 2020, the West Sussex PPG Network will be held in both the North Place and in the Coastal area with the same agenda for each. The notes and discussions held at both events will be collated together and will provide a way for all PPG groups to have their voice heard, and help shape NHS services across the county.
The West Sussex PPG Network will aim to enable our PPG groups to:
• Review and feed into NHS commissioning plans;
• Review and feed into our approach on public involvement and how we engage with patients;
• Share local intelligence from the GP Practices through the PPG roundtable discussions;
• Provide a space to upskill and support PPGs through training and sharing of best practice;
• Socialise and network with other PPG members.
Similarly to CPRG and the Coastal PPG Forum, we feel that the membership will remain largely the same with PPGs, voluntary and community groups, interested local people, Healthwatch, Practice Managers and GPs being invited to attend. We will be seeking the Networks’ views on who should chair the group, and how to shape the network moving forward in the survey that was sent out earlier today
The new model will be kept under review by Lilly Kennard, Public Involvement Manager for West Sussex CCGs, who will be leading the West Sussex PPG Network, supported by Vicky Smart, Public Involvement Officer for West Sussex CCGs.
You are welcome to choose which meeting you would like to attend, or both if you would like to! The agenda will be sent out closer to the time.
I would finally just like to say a huge thank-you for all that you do for the local PPGs that you’re involved in. Your input, expertise and support is truly invaluable and we hope that we can work more closely with you in the future.
We look forward to seeing you all in April, and are very much excited to hear about you all through the survey
With best wishes,
Vicky and Lilly
Public Involvement Officer
NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
For any patient interested in knowing more about patient involvement in the NHS, the next meeting of the Chichester Patient Groups is listed above.
Purpose of this group
NHS England encouraged all GP practices to sign up to be part of a PCN (Primary Care Network) by 1st July 2019. ChAMP (Chichester Alliance of Medical Practices) PCN is formed of the 8 practices in Chichester (4 in central Chichester and 4 on the periphery), it has 87,000 patients. The PCN is led by the Clinical Director – Dr Sandeep Mtharu, GP Partner at Parklands Surgery.
ChAMP is a larger PCN than NHSE recommended, however as all 8 practices had already been working together for a number of years before the formation of the PCN they wanted to continue this work. There are pro’s and cons to being a bigger PCN, but we believe our large patient number will mean the PCN potentially has a strong voice.
Why the group is needed
Patient groups have already been working well with most of the individual Chichester practices, now we would like members of those groups join together to form a group which represents the whole PCN. The PRB (Patient Representative Board) will be fundamental in providing the PCN with input/feedback on future plans and service developments and will work with the PCN to engage and communicate with patients in the area. This PRB is a new group with this being the first meeting. ChAMP PCN is run by the practices for the practices / the community. It is entirely separate from the LCN (Local Community Network) which was set up and is organised by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), some of our patients are members of the LCN and ChAMP will continue to engage with the PCN.
What members can do
It is the intention that ChAMP PCN Patient Group be patient led and supported by ChAMP practices, the PCN Manager and the Clinical Director. The PRB would need to meet regularly – the frequency of meetings is yet to be confirmed. The PRB has to decide on who should be on the group (e.g. health watch, representatives from other providers) and who should be invited to future meetings. The PRB will be pivotal in helping with communication and improving patient engagement, for example we are currently experiencing issues with winter pressures and in the future we would hope that the PRB could support communicating messages and future plans to all our patients.
The principle aim is to provide more care services locally and more integrated working with other health providers such as Sussex Community Trust, SPFT (Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust), and local councils. Funding is available to support the development of PCN’s and for additional roles (more staff) eg Social Prescribers, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists and Paramedics, Physician Associates. These staff will be spread across the 8 practice in the PCN and are in addition to the existing staff. This is of course subject to such staff being available to recruit.