On Thursday 15 June 2017 Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) hosted the first of its two annual Patient Participation Group (PPG) network events. Attendance was good with over 30 people registering to attend representing more than 20 different Patient Participation Groups from across the Coastal area.
Jill Long, who is a deputy lead governor at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, attended and talked with the group about how to link the governors with PPGs and Tina Favier, who works in the CCGs primary care team spoke about the emerging Local Community Networks and what part PPGs can play to support this.
Bridget Pettitt (the CCGs Public Engagement Manager) gave an overview of the current financial difficulties that the CCG is facing. There was an opportunity for some table discussion and participants were encouraged to share good practice or examples of what has worked well within their PPGs.