Patient and Community Assurance Group (PCAG)

NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has set up a group to make sure it fully involves patients and members of the public in its future plans.

The CCG is working with local people who are members of the Patient and Community Assurance Group (PCAG) to help make a real difference to the way local NHS services are developed and improved.

Local health, care and voluntary and community organisations are working closely together to tackle some of the big issues currently facing the NHS in order to ensure safe and quality services remain affordable so they can continue to provide them for future generations.

“Making sure local people are fully aware of and understand what is happening with their NHS services is very important to us,” explained Janice Keilthy, the Lay Member of the CCG Governing Body responsible for Public and Patient Involvement.

“We always aim to work very closely with staff, patients, stakeholders and members of the public when we plan our services as well as fully consult with our local communities before making any big decisions that involve changing the way they access treatment or care. The PCAG serves as an independent group that works with us to make sure we take every opportunity to really involve patients and members of the public in our plans and decisions.

“Because of the current challenges faced by the NHS in North Lincolnshire, there is no better time to get involved and I would encourage anyone with a real interest in health to consider taking up this opportunity.”

Although the group is now up and running, we are still looking for additional community members to join and would particularly welcome interest from people from diverse backgrounds.

You can download an expression of interest form here. You can also ring us for more information.

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact:

Janice Keilthy PPI Lay Member

janice.keilthy1@nhs.net

Kirsten Spark, CCG Engagement Manager

kirsten.spark@nhs.net 

Or you can ring 01652 251067

Applications should be sent by email to: nlccg.embrace@nhs.net

If you would like to get more involved with the work of the CCG but think that perhaps the PCAG would be too much of a commitment, then please consider joining our patient and public network Embrace. You can find out more by visiting http://www.northlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/embrace-1/ or speaking to Kirsten using the details above.