Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Share your experience and help shape local health services

Groups you can get involved with
Your GP patient participation group

Being part of your GP practice patient participation group (PPG) is a great opportunity for you to help shape and influence the health services that you, your family and the local community receive.
Members of the PPG are patients from the GP practice who each come with a broad spectrum of experiences, needs and views about local health services.

To find out more about your GP participation group, contact your Practice Manager.

Newcastle Gateshead Involvement Forum

The Forum ensures that the voice of patients, public and carers, including seldom heard groups, is embedded in the business of Newcastle Gateshead CCG and the key organisations that support people and their families

The forum meets every two months and will meet again on 4 February 2019, 10am – 1pm. Papers will be made available shortly.

You can reserve your space by contacting jayne.lofthouse1@nhs.net

Involvement Forum meeting dates 2019

  • 4 February, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 1 April, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 3 June, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 5 August, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 7 October, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre
  • 2 December, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Gateshead Civic Centre

The group is attended by community and voluntary sector organisations who work directly with service users and carers and its purpose is to:

• Promote positive and inclusive multi-agency working
• Share involvement and engagement in events/activities with partners
• Share best practice in terms of involvement and engagement with a focus on methods and approaches
• Work more closely with health and social care
• Work closely with the patient, public and carer engagement forum in terms of engagement priorities and activities.

Any organisation that works with service users and carers is welcome to attend.

Previous meetings:

Papers from previous meetings can be found below:

20 August

23 April

19 February

Involvement Forum bulletins

October 2018

Newcastle Community Forum

The Community Forum is a Newcastle-wide partnership for professionals representing specific groups with protected characteristics and people in minority communities with experience of being marginalised. The Forum provides an opportunity for these groups to have a say in how the CCG commissions local services and in how local services develop.

Health Champions

Health Champions are patients of a GP practice who share their passions, skills and ideas to benefit the health and well-being of the local community. Champions work together with the practice staff to do things that interest them. This might be setting up groups to share a hobby or skill, setting up a health event to raise awareness around a condition, but can be anything depending upon the interests of the champions.

A number of practices across the CCG are developing this approach with more expected to join in. For further information about this work please contact Steven Bramwell, Health Champion Lead, 0191 2172830 Steven.Bramwell@nhs.net.

Commissioner visit programme

Each year, we carry out a rolling programme of commissioner visits to seek assurances that the quality of services we commission remain high, that they are being delivered in a safe way and that our patients have a positive experience of care and good outcome.

Our patient representatives are part of the visiting team which includes a CCG senior nurse, CCG medical representative and representative from North of England Commissioning Support (NECS). Having a patient representative as part of the visiting team ensures that services are seen through the eyes of patients and services users, gives the opportunity to talk to patients and families about the care they are receiving and help capture what good quality care looks, sounds and feels like.

Did you know the CCG collects patient stories?

We want to hear your experiences of local health services, both good and not so positive, to help shape future improvements.

We’d love you to share your experiences with us so please contact us.

If you would like to find out more about any of our groups, get in touch with one of the team:

Patient, Public Involvement and Community Development Leads:
Norah Stevens – norahstevens@nhs.net or call 0191 217 2787
Christianne Ormston – christianne.ormston@nhs.net or call 0191 217 2818
Lindsay Pearson – lindsay.pearson@nhs.net or call 0191 217 2881