Engagement Bulletin – 09 October 2019

Patient Participation Group  
Chairs Network 

Today, chairpersons from each of Somerset GP’s Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) met at their quarterly meeting, known as the PPG Chairs Network.

The main purpose of this meeting is to provide a means of sharing information and exploring ways of supporting and sustaining PPGs across the county. This meeting provides a space for members to gain a greater understanding of how health services are commissioned, provided and aligned and their impact on the county as a whole. Chairs also share the good practice taking place in PPGs in Somerset.

In today’s meeting, Emily Taylor, Lead Engagement Officer at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group presented the new Communications and Engagement Strategy, allowing members to discuss the involvement of PPGs.

Phil Tilson, Chair at Martock and South Petherton PPG gave an update on their newest feedback tool, the Opinionator.
Dr Alex Murray presented the Chairs with an update on ‘Fit For My Future’ and discussed the best way to involve the PPGs in the next phase of engagement

Spotlight on…

Somerset Engagement and Advisory Group

The role of the Somerset Engagement and Advisory Group (SEAG) is to monitor and provide assurance on the engagement work we do. This is to ensure that our engagement informs commissioning decisions about how we organise local health services, making recommendations to the CCG Governing Body and monitoring our engagement plan.

SEAG has membership from many different community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, local community, voluntary services (CVS) and others.

It meets quarterly and is chaired by one of Somerset CCG’s directors. It’s purpose is to facilitate the effective involvement of community stakeholders, including the voluntary and community sectors, patients, carers and the public, within the work of Somerset CCG by:

  • advising health commissioners and social care providers how to meet the needs of the local population
  • ensuring that the views, needs and preferences of diverse and varied groups inform the development of models of care for future health and social care services in Somerset
  • promoting good equality and diversity awareness and practice in service provision and commissioning in Somerset
  • providing scrutiny, support, guidance and feedback on Fit for my Future and other associated new models of care

The next meeting is Thursday 21 November 2019, 10.00am – 12.30pm at Canalside, Bridgwater. If you represent a community group and would be interested in joining please email somccg.engagement@nhs.net.

ARK at Egwood CIC

ARK at Egwood CIC (Acts of Random Kindness) is an inter-generational therapeutic land-based day facility on 12 acres of land and woodland at Egwood, near Merriott. We offer a range of meaningful and purposeful activities and transferable life experiences, practical skills and support to improve health, wellbeing and opportunities for adults and young people, which includes horticulture /gardening, hedge-laying, animal husbandry, cooking/baking, creative arts and crafts and music.

We also provide personal, targeted, cost-effective therapies, including counselling, nature therapy and equine facilitated therapy, helping those needing to be more active, overcoming trauma, physical recovery, or working through anxiety, stress or depression.

We want to provide an engaging environment to those needing support and reduce social isolation within our community; it is well documented that the outside space as well as being with other people can have a positive impact on mental health, confidence and self-esteem. We also provide day placements for young people in support of their education.

11am-3pm on Saturday 26th October 2019

Egwood Field, Egwood, Merriott, TA16 5QN

Come and have a look around and to see what we have to offer.

For more information: Call Nigel on 07974658782 or visit www.arkategwood.com

Implementation of Sexual Orientation and Inclusive Gender Identity Monitoring survey

LGB patients can face serious health inequalities. Sexual Orientation Monitoring (the collection of data on patient sexuality with patient consent) helps the NHS understand the health challenges and experiences of LGB people so the NHS can then develop plans to improve care for LGB patients. NHS England and NHS Improvement is conducting a survey to understand how the different parts of the NHS are collecting this data. The results of the survey will help the NHS sensibly and sensitively collect this data. You can respond as an organisation or individually. Responses can be anonymised. Please forward this survey to relevant teams in your organisation.

For the survey, please click here

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