You can make a difference to how local health services are run – this was the message from NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting last week.
The event - an opportunity to celebrate the CCG’s successes over the last year and thank everyone for their hard work - was hailed a success by attendees, including local residents, partner organisations, councillors and clinicians.
At the event the CCG shared its vision, goals and values, including making the area the healthiest place to live and work by 2025, which were developed in partnership with the public, clinicians and staff.
Jon Mannion, a Tamworth resident who works for St John Ambulance, said: “It was enthusing to see we have the right people managing our CCG, to ensure we have the best outcomes for the people of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula.
“It was great to hear how financially and productively the CCG is working for better health services for service users. The CCG’s plans to make our area a healthier place to live by 2025 fills me with confidence that I live in a great place.”
The CCG was joined by many of its partners from the community and voluntary sectors who had stalls in the AGM marketplace, showcasing local work to improve health and wellbeing.
The AGM included a presentation from Rebecca Southwall, Clinical Lead at GB Prohealth, about their Post-Birth Wellbeing Buddies and Peer Wellbeing Champions projects, and a local resident spoke of the positive impact the project has had on her health and wellbeing.
Coun David Leytham, Chairman of the District Council Community, Housing and Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “My role in Lichfield District Council involves me in public health issues so the items on the transformation and provision of care across the many areas of CCG responsibility were of great benefit to me.
“I thought the question and answer session gave us all insight into issues affecting other parts of the county and improved my understanding of how the CCG operates."
Dr John James, Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG, said: “We could not have done this alone. Our partners, member GP practices, the public, patient representatives and staff have all done a fantastic job in helping us to continually improve local healthcare services, while achieving our financial control total.
“I would encourage everyone to get involved in their GP practice’s patient group. Representatives from each PPG come together for regular CCG patient district meetings. By taking part, you can learn more about what we’re doing as a CCG and can influence our decision making.”
You can view the CCGs values on their website: www.sesandspccg.nhs.uk/about