Patients have their say at commissioning group

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PATIENTS are being invited to have their say on Portsmouth’s health services.

The GP-led NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is planning to run up to four forums a year with patient representatives.

It comes after the organisation, which plans the city’s healthcare needs, held its first patient participation group.

Portsmouth CCG has 26 member GP practices, each with their own patients’ group that meets in person or online.

The organisation is forming a group from these individual ones.

The first meeting saw 27 patient representatives attend from 11 practices.

Dr Tim Wilkinson is chairman of the CCG’s governing board. He said: ‘We had a very healthy attendance for our first meeting and an extremely worthwhile evening, which we’d now like to build on.’

‘Feedback from the event was generally positive and we held some very useful table-top discussions.’

Jackie Powell is a lay member of the governing body and is the CCG’s ‘patient champion.’

She said: ‘We need to look at how the forum can be more representative of the patient base.

‘It has been suggested that we focus our discussions on two areas – older people’s mental health services and walk-in centres and the provision of minor injuries.’

The CCG is to consider a report on the forum at a public board meeting on Wednesday 24 July, from 1pm to 3pm at St James’ Hospital.