There are a number of ways that you can support East Staffordshire GPs and the Clinical Commissioning Group to shape local healthcare services that meet the needs of local people.
Chris Ragg lay member for patient and public involvement at East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), talks about why it’s important to involve patients and the public and the best ways for people to get involved.
Our NHS Newsletter
The CCG issues a monthly newsletter with updates from the CCG and information about health services. Find out more about the newsletter and view previous issues - Our NHS Newlsetter.
Join our mailing list to receive the newsletter by email.
East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) Patient Board is key to making sure patients can give feedback about their treatment and have a say in changes to health services.
It is made up of people who have a real desire to see health services improve and have a track record of involvement with health issues. Find out more about the Patient Board.
Practice Patient Participation Groups
Many of our GP practices across East Staffordshire have both patient participation groups and virtual patient representation groups. If you would like to know more about your practice patient participation group and how you can become involved, contact your GP Practice directly for further details.
District Patient Group
Our District Patient Group is made up of nominated representatives from Practice based participation groups. The District Patient Group addresses issues affecting the wider population of East Staffordshire, but not those directly affecting practices.
The District Patient Group provides the setting for commissioners to share thoughts, priorities and planning intentions on developing services. Representatives contribute to discussions and feedback to their respective PPGs and virtual groups, encouraging a two way flow of information between the CCG and patient, to ensure that their views and experiences are taken into account of in planning and development of services.
The CCG’s Governing Body meets in public – which means you can attend to hear what’s happening and ask questions.
Local Equality Advisory Forum (LEAF)
A number of representatives from a range of minority groups act as critical friends on a whole range of issues.
LEAF meet regularly and advise us on new policies and proposals to ensure we are fulfilling our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010. They help us to make sure that we are minimising any barriers to accessing local health services. If you are part of an organisation that can support us, please get in touch.
If you like to tweet, don’t forget to follow us @StaffsCCGs and get involved in our conversations.
Other Ways to Have Your Say
Patient Opinion is an independent website where patients can write about their experiences at their local healthcare provider whether it is good or bad. Providers can respond to comments that are made and it enables them to make changes to services to improve the patient experience and outcomes.
Shaping Staffordshire’s SEND Strategy
The County Council and Staffordshire’s clinical commissioning groups are working with others to improve the way children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported. An important part of this is agreeing a set of principles that will guide the way professionals across education, health and social care will support children and young people, as well as setting out the commitments made by our communities and families.
People may have different views around what the strategy should include, so we want to hear from as many people as possible before we work with a small group of professionals, parents and young people to set out a draft, formally consult on it and then agree it. There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved, either as part of the early engagement sessions, as a member of the co-production team or by contributing your views to the public consultation.
For more information about developing the strategy or how you can get involved visit the Staffordshire County Council’s website at