Meet our Patient and Community Reference Group

NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has  a Patient and Community Reference Group (PCRG) which helps shape future health services for people in Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford.

People with an interest in health services  become volunteer members of the group, and are asked for their views on how changes to health services will affect their local communities. They help the CCG reach out and communicate with the wider community that it serves.

Dr Adedegboyega Tayo, Chair of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG said: "The CCG is committed to involving local people in our decisions. We know that it will help us have a better understanding of the needs and priorities of our local communities, and we will make better decisions about how to allocate limited resources."

The minutes of PCRG meetings are included in the Board Meetings papers and Board Committee Minutes.

The PCRG meet six times a year and also participate in a number of workshops and engagement exercises. We invite a member of the PCRG to give a presentation at our Annual Genera Meeting

We recruit new PCRG members from time time and we will post details of vacancies here.

Current Membership



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Bill Beekoo

Lay member - Brentwood

I have worked in the NHS for 43 years and retired two years ago. Last year I was governor of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.  I spent the last 10 years of my working life in Havering Primary Care Trust and for the past 5 years was a member of the Board for the PCT working with Directors for the commissioning of services in Havering.

I worked as The Partnership Lead of the PCT and Provider Services in Havering. I participated in working groups with Users of the service,   in Forums and Discussion groups with members of the Board, including Non-Executive Directors and the GPs. As part of my role on the Board I was involved in decision making for services and running of provider services until the disestablishment of the Primary Care Trusts.  

I worked closely with the Trade unions as well as the Partnership Lead for the Trust, not only in Havering PCT but also in Barking and Dagenham PCT and NELFT.

Special interests: Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes

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Bob Hackett

Lay member - Basildon

Currently a member of my Health Centre Patient Reference Group, Chair of the Basildon & Thurrock Cancer Services User Group and Vice-Chair of the Basildon Hospital cancer Board.    Also, a Neighbourhood Watch street coordinator used to holding meetings with local people and disseminating information.   I am a Deanery Synod and Church Council member of my local Anglican church.

My working life has been spent in the Pharmaceutical Industry, UK and International, and I have an extensive medical knowledge of many disease areas.   I have been involved in healthcare all of my working life although mostly retired now.   I have professional qualifications in Psychology and the dissertation for my Master of Science degree was for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s using the Cholinesterase Hypothesis.

I have concerns that the recent changes under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) MAY lead to some patient groups being disadvantaged such as the elderly and community care services. Patient education is becoming even more important in shaping expectations for effective health management. My knowledge and skill base can assist in this. 

Special interests: Cancer, psychology

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Charles Novis

Lay member - Billericay

Retired Chartered Civil Engineer. From 2003 was chair of firstly the local PPI Forum and subsequently SW locality of LINk. Lay member of QOF assessment teams & member of the Out of Hours Review group and lay member on NHS111/OOH project.

Currently chair of Western Road PPG and representative on Arterial PEG.   Chair of SWECS Patient Experience Partnership and member of NELFT PLACE inspection teams   Lay representative on EoE PCRN Management Group. Lay person on SWECS Inpatient and Community Hospital Committee

Very interested in primary and secondary prevention at all ages. Rehab in the community and in community hospitals.

Away from health; trustee of Billericay Parents Forum, sec. of Cricket Club, treasurer of sports & social club and vice chair of Friends of Lake Meadows.

Special interests: Prevention of ill-health, rehab and community services

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Dr Eric Watts

Lay member - Shenfield

I have had a long term interest in health since treatment for a spinal tumour at age 12 and have been active in cancer self help and support groups for the last 20 years.

I am particularly interested in communication issues between patients and health professionals and have been involved in lay and professional working parties of the royal medical colleges.

I was a member of the DoH/Cancer Macmillan Survivorship Initiative and led a cross cutting working group to prepare the Patient Centred Charter for cancer.

I am involved in local health issues being the representative of my surgery on the NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG Patient and Public Involvement group. Amongst my activities in that role I contributed to Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett's 'Who Will Care?' commission's report into health and social care in Essex.

I have many contacts through my varied activities including running, rambling and music; I have run many marathons and raised around £6,000 for medical charities. I play in the local saxophone group and have played with other local bands and orchestras.

I believe the new NHS structures give possibilities for radical transformation and improvement in health care with increased patient education, empowerment and participation.

Special interests: Cancer, improving lay/professional communications

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Marion Wilson

Lay member - Billericay

I was chair of the SW and SE Essex patient network group and Billericay Medical Centre since its inception. This enabled me to build up good relations with representatives from other patient groups in the area. I am also a former member of LINks.  

As an ex teacher and local councillor for 16 years I am used to communicating with members of the public. I am also the editor of the Billericay Town Council’s newsletter, The Town Crier and the biennial Town Guide. I have attended meetings and workshops about the CCG with GPs and practice managers and I have a good understanding of the current system both locally and nationally. I have contact with young people both through the Billericay Youth Town Council and my contacts with both Billericay secondary schools.

Special interests: Young people's services, tackling loneliness for older people

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Tim Young

Lay member - Wickford



Diane Fairchild

Brentwood CVS representative



Simon Johnson

Basildon, Billericay & Wickford CVS representative




Basildon Borough Council representative 



Rhiannon Vigor

Brentwood Borough Council/Basildon Council representative
Public Health Improvement



Gill Jones

NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG lay member (PPI) 


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Dr Adeboyega Tayo
NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG

Dr Adeboyega Tayo took up the position of Chair of Basildon and Brentwood CCG on 1 April 2019. 

He grew up in Nigeria and graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1985, before completing his postgraduate training in the UK. As well as training in General Practice, he has a specialist qualification in Ophthalmology.

He is a GP partner at the Robert Frew Medical Centre in Wickford. In addition to his work as a GP, Dr Tayo is recognised as a GP with special interest in Ophthalmology. He has been practising in Essex since 1991.

Dr Tayo is married with two grown up children.



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Paula Saunders

NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG 
Associate Director Involvement and Governance


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Romina Bartholomeusz

NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG Communications Manager 


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