Previous Event details:
Improving End of Life Care Locally - 2 July 2013, Angel Centre, Tonbridge
West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (WKCCG) is committed to improving End of Life Care locally, so the quality of experience for patients at the end of their lives and for carers and families is as positive as it can be.
West Kent CCG Introductory Event - 31 July 2012, The River Centre, Medway
A packed venue of nearly 120 invited patients and local organisations were given the opportunity to hear about West Kent CCG, what it does and what its plans are for the future. The patients and organisations who attended also heard about the impact of NHS changes locally and how they could jointly contribute to the development of the CCG’s future healthcare plans.
Dr Bob Bowes, Chair for the West Kent CCG opened the event with a presentation on Shaping health services in West Kent, setting out the position across the area and explaining the function of the CCG. Dr Sanjay Singh, Chief GP Commissioner, followed with a presentation on delivering on the priority health outcomes and set out the task ahead for the CCG in achieving this.
Attendees were asked to discuss within workshops ‘How could we all help to meaningfully capture and show patient and carer experience of services and ensure successful communication between patients, public and West Kent CCG?’. The session encouraged lively debate and captured many useful comments and ideas.
This was the first of a number of events designed to take forward the important engagement and participation to work together to provide quality health services for the population of West Kent.
West Kent CCG ‘Shaping the Future’ Event – 9 October 2012, Village Hotel, Madistone
Following the success of its introductory event in July, the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a follow up event, 'Shaping the Future', on Tuesday 9 October at the Village Hotel in Maidstone.
West Kent CCG is the NHS organisation that will decide the shape of health services in coming years; this role was previously played by the Primary Care Trust, which is being phased out in March 2013. The CCG involves local GP practices, patients, local councils and other organisations in its decision making. Over 110 delegates attended the event, and included Health Network representatives, PPG chairs, charity representatives and council representatives amongst others.
Doctors and clinicians outlined how the CCG is taking shape and gave presentations on commissioning plans, the financial context, and end of life care. An interesting table exercise took place in which delegates were asked to prioritise different examples of commissioning scenarios. Following this delegates were asked to identify the values used to determine the ranking. This exercise provided the CCG with valuable insight into the kinds of values that are deemed to be important.
Dr Bob Bowes, Chairman of the West Kent CCG said: “Making the commissioning of services a more transparent process is a key change from the PCT. We are developing our plans for next year and it’s important that we get them right; getting patients’ and the public’s view on these matters will help us decide what needs to be done”.
Dr Bob Bowes’ commitment to engaging with patients and the public certainly came across strongly and one delegate commented that they “welcome the willingness of the WK CCG to take the view of the public and patients on board in deciding healthcare matters. Excellent!”. The day was considered a success – nearly 90% considered the day to be ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Another delegate commented that the event “made me appreciate the complexities of decision making by the CCG”.
For more information, please contact Natasha Wright, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager on 01732 375200 Ext 5415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.