Posted by Paul Davey at 15/05/2017 15:13:10
Welcome to the Canterbury and Coastal Public Reference Group (PRG) newsletter, which will keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the health sector in your local area.
In the run up to local and general elections, the Clinical Commissioning Group and other health bodies need to abide by strict rules about what they can publicise.
This is to ensure that public bodies do not make announcements during the campaigning period that could potentially influence voter behaviour, and that they do not compete for 'airtime' that would otherwise be taken up by the democratic process, the political parties and their campaigners.
The pre-election period for yesterday’s local elections began at the end of March. The restrictions will now remain in place until after the general election in June.
As one of the main issues in our discussions and engagement with patients, public and other local organisations is the development of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), we will not be able to publish information about the progress of the STP or the East Kent Strategy Board – the delivery arm for east Kent. However the website with information about all previous activity is available: eastkent.nhs.uk/news/
As soon as possible after the new government is formed we will aim to share the engagement plan for the next few months, as well as a detailed feedback report on the listening events.
Our apologies but for the reasons above the next PRG meeting, due to take place on Monday 15 May, has been cancelled.
Primary care team introduction
Judith Marsh, from the CCG’s primary care team, joined the last PRG meeting to talk about how the team will be working with GP practices to encourage them to fully support patient participation as well as gather more feedback on patient experience.
She also shared the great results Canterbury practices received from CQC inspections, with most practices reaching good standards of care and two rated outstanding: The Butchery Surgery and the Whitstable Practice. For more details visit: www.cqc.org.uk/content/map-gp-practice-ratings-england.
Patient Participation Group toolkit
We have put together a patient participation group (PPG) toolkit to support new and existing groups to make the most of their meetings and achieve more for their practices, patients and communities. The toolkit can be found on the CCG website. If you or your group would like further help and support, do get in touch and we will do our best to assist. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next meeting is on Monday 17 July at the Thanington Resource Centre, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. We will continue our discussions about the STP for Kent. Do join us if you can!
Meetings were held in March with Herne Bay and Canterbury community networks. We are starting to make a stronger alignment of their activities with planning and consultation for the emerging STP, and in particular supporting delivery of changes in local care, the work of Encompass and the wider partnership. Agreement has been reached with chairs to have alternate joint meetings of the networks each year, while retaining separate meetings of each group. The first joint meeting will focus on emerging models of local care, and will take place in June.
Dates for your diary
Meetings are held at the Thanington Resource Centre, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
Address: Thanington Road, Canterbury, CT1 3XE
- Monday 17 July 2017
- Monday 11 September 2017
- Monday 13 November 2017
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