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Launch of new public engagement group

A new group that supports meaningful patient and public participation in Wirral's NHS services has met for the first time.

The Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG) will act as a ‘critical friend’ regarding Wirral CCG’s public engagement activities.

It is chaired by the CCG’s Patient Champion Governing Body Lay Member Sylvia Cheater MBE and led by the CCG's Assistant Director – Communications and Engagement, who also acts as vice chair.

Sylvia Cheater said: “Our members bring with them a wealth of experience from both within and without the NHS, some having worked in the sector and others in industry. We want this group to reflect a wide range of experience and backgrounds – you don’t have to have had any association with the NHS.

"We would like to expand the group and would welcome new applications. The group’s role as a ‘critical friend’ to the CCG in terms of public engagement is vitally important in helping ensure that patient and public voices are always present in the way that services are designed.”

The group will receive information relating to how the CCG operates and its commissioning intentions, and it will review engagement and consultation plans in an advisory capacity.

The group will also consider the outcomes of engagement and consultation activity to identify best practice and learning.

The group currently has three public members who were appointed by an independent panel and a wider membership reflecting a range of stakeholders including organisations that represent specific patient groups including Mencap, Healthwatch and Wirral’s Older People’s Parliament.

The group reports to the Quality and Performance Committee and will meet bi-monthly.

To find out more about the Patient and Public Advisory Group contact WICCG.InTouch@nhs.net