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How to get involved in your local NHS

The CCG aims to work with local people including patients, carers, and their representatives, as well as with other partner organisations, to ensure that local health services meet the needs of the local population.  

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How can I get involved?

You can get involved in the commissioning of health services in a variety of ways:

  • Your local Patient Participation Group: most GP surgeries across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough now have a Patient Participation Group (PPG).  A PPG is a group of patients who are interested in health and healthcare issues and want to get involved with/support the running of their local GP practice. Most PPGs meet regularly to contribute their ideas relating to the services and facilities offered by their practice. Some practices have PPGs that meet face-to-face, while others may have virtual groups that communicate by email. To find out if your practice has a PPG, and for further information, ask at reception to talk to your Practice Manager.
  • Patient Forums: there are currently four patient forums across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. They are groups of people interested in health and healthcare issues who usually meet at least every two months. Membership is varied with some groups open to anyone and for others membership is made up of direct patient representatives from GP surgeries.
  • Healthwatch: there is a local Healthwatch in every area of England and there are three that cover our CCG's area: Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Healthwatch Hertfordshire; and Healthwatch Northamptonshire. They are independent organisations which listen to people's views and share them with those with the power to make local services better. If you would like to share your experience of a health and care service, or if you have a question on health and social care related matters, get in touch with your local Healthwatch.
  • CCG stakeholder list: if you are interested in working with us to develop new and improved local health services, or would just like to be kept informed of the CCG's work, please provide us with your name and contact details which we will store on a secure database. 

To get involved with the CCG's work please contact the Communications and Engagement Team on 01223 725304 or email capccg.contact@nhs.net 

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