Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has held its annual patient event at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre on 8 February 2018.
Local people involved in Patient Participation Groups at their GP practices and members of the CCG’s locality Patient Engagement Groups were invited to meet the CCG executive team and hear about the plans for local health and care services over the next five years.
Alison Reeve, the CCG's Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, welcomed everyone to this year’s event and gave an overview of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Consultation:
• There had been two STP Public Consultation events in Billericay and Wickford and with two more events at Brentwood Community Hospital and the Towngate Theatre, scheduled.
• Feedback from the first two events was that people are generally content with the hospital proposals but were concerned about Primary Care and other community services.
• The consultation was due to close on 9th March 2018 and consultation documents were available at the event together with feedback forms for those with no internet access to feedback online.
Paula Saunders, Associate Director if Involvement and Governance, went through the programme for the day which was to be a Primary Care discussion event, in view of the feedback from the STP Consultation, allowing more time for group talks than in previous years.
The main areas discussed in the groups were:
Neighbourhoods and Alignment of Teams
• The neighbourhoods
• The alignment of teams
• Proactive Care Planning
• Alternative workforce
o Advanced Nurse Practitioners
o Extended Scope Physiotherapists
o Pharmacists in General Practice
• Receptionist Navigation
• How extended access Hubs will work
• How people feel about seeing someone other than their own GP
• Opportunities for Hubs working in the future
Feedback from patients was very positive and they found the the topics extremely interesting and very informative. They felt the need for communicating these plans for future services was paramount and updates to patient groups on progressing these plans was very important.