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Public Reference Group (PRG)

Who we are

NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to working with patients and public to improve healthcare for all patients living and working in Canterbury and the surrounding towns and villages 

As part of this commitment, the CCG has developed a number of opportunities for patients to support  the development of services and commissioning plans, which include public meetings, the Health  Network and patient town-based working groups (service-specific).

As well as these opportunities for patients and stakeholders to input into local health services, the CCG has supported the set up the Public Reference Group (PRG). This is a permanent working group that forms an integral part of the CCG’s strategic processes. 

The 21 chairs of Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are part of the PRG.  The locality PPGs are made up of all the chairs of our town-based GP practices to ensure that both practices and our unique towns are represented within the CCG. The remaining members of the PRG come from local voluntary and community sector organisations, and represent a wide range of the communities served by the CCG – including people with learning disabilities, mental health user groups and Kent Healthwatch. 

To help support the link to the CCG’s decision making processes, the CCG’s governing body’s lay member of public and patient engagement, Ana Paula Nacif, chairs the PRG.

What do we do?

The PRG acts to represent the voices of CCG patients, public and stakeholders. They work with the CCG commissioners to support them around public and patient involvement in the CCG’s commissioning intentions.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved in helping to influence local healthcare, you can join your local GP practice PPG, and link directly with your locality PPG to have a voice in the CCG decision- making processes. Alternatively, you can join the CCG Health Network and help us by taking part in focus groups or surveys or come and talk to us at our regular public meetings to make sure your voice is heard.

Feedback and key points from the PRG are fed into the Governing Body to inform key decisions. 

Newsletters 2018