With the agreement of our Patient Reference Group in November 2018, the CCG worked in partnership with them to reshape the main way we hear from our communities.
Rather than have a single meeting every two months for representatives from across mid Essex, we agreed with patient representatives to trial a new system for a year with separate meetings for community representatives in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District.
The idea of holding separate meetings once every three months is to give a good idea of local health-related issues and our actions around them to our Lay Board Member – Patient and Public Engagement so she can feed back to each CCG Board meeting in public. It is the Lay Member's role to represent our residents and hold the CCG accountable for how we involve residents in our decisions and plans.
These new Locality Reference Groups (LRGs) consist of:
- Chairs of all the local GP practices' Patient Participation Groups
- Chairs of the hospital friends groups and patient council
- The local umbrella organisation for voluntary groups and charities
- Representatives from local physical and learning disability groups
- Faith and minority ethnic groups
- Healthwatch Essex Ambassadors and members
- Local emergency services
- Further and higher education providers
- Resident groups and housing associations with an interest in healthcare
- Representatives from the CCG and Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
The first LRG meeting is for the Braintree District, on 27 March 2019. The inaugural Chelmsford and Maldon meetings will take place later in the spring.
Based on comments from Patient Reference Group members that sharing ideas and best practice across the whole of mid Essex would still be helpful, the CCG has committed to holding a Mid Essex Patient Summit at least once a year.
If you would like to know more about how the CCG came to the decision about locality-based groups, you can read about the reasons we laid out for setting up LRGs (first discussed by the Patient Reference Group in July 2018) here:
And you can read the discussions the group had about the new LRGs in the minutes available here: