We are committed to involving local people in setting healthcare priorities and making decisions about healthcare services.There are a number of ways you can get involved and have your say:
Patient reference groups
Each locality , of which there are 3, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield, also have a Patient Reference Group (PRG). Representatives from each Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) attend a locality based Patient Reference Group meeting to represent the views of their GP Practice and its surrounding community. There is also an opportunity for the locality PRGs to meet ‘in common’ on a quarterly basis to share views across the whole of the DDES area. The locality based groups meeting during each month that falls in between the ‘in common’ meetings.
In this way Patient Reference Groups provide an opportunity for patient representatives to influence the design and delivery of health care services across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) as a whole. They provide an interface to enable patients, carers and members of the public to contribute to the identification of local healthcare priorities and the commissioning of local health services. PRGs also provide an accountability mechanism, linking DDES CCG practices and their local populations.
We organise a series of public events each year which are open to all. Our last event was the Commissioning Priorities Event in Spennymoor Town Hall held on 12th October If you missed it here’s some information you may find useful.
The presentations that were shared on the day are:
- Dr Stewart Findlay Welcome
- Sarah Burns Director of Commissioning presentation
- Public Health
- Urgent Care
- Respiratory Right Care
- Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Older People
- Cancer slides
Feedback – here’s what we captures from the public. We’ll use this to shape future services.
Governing body meetings
Our governing body meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to observe and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
We regularly involve the public, patients, users and carers in decision making through involvement activity and consultations.
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