Patient and Community Reference Group (PCRG) Self Effectiveness Review

Each Board Committee is expected to undertake an evaluation of its self-effectiveness each year. This process is an opportunity for the Patient and Community Reference Group (PCRG) to reflect on its work over the past 12 months and enable members to look at ways to enhance effectiveness of the Group over the next 12 months.

All Members of the Group were asked to complete the self effectiveness questionnaire. The PCRG Committee Effectiveness Review January 2020 can be downloaded here

Members have highlighted the following as some of the Group’s achievements in the last 12 months:

  • Meeting and Q&A session with the Accountable Officer and Chair of the Board
  • Involvement with VitaMinds and the IAPT service provision
  • The patient led survey on the Connect MSK service, PCRG briefings with Connect MSK and improvements to the service
  • Feedback to the preventative work of the diabetic retinopathy service


Members highlighted a number of areas for improvement including:

  • More access to background information that affects decision making sooner. Allows us to prepare questions
  • A focus on those things that can be influenced / changed
  • A wider diversity of contribution


2020: Areas of Focus

The following areas are ome of the suggested areas of focus:

  • Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and patient engagement with PCNs the role patients will play

  • The proposed merger of the five CCGs in mid and south Essex

  • The transformation into an Integrated Care System and representation of public, patients and accountability procedures 
  • Continuing to work with services on focused activities such as the work with Connect on MSK services.




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