The patient congress has a key role in making sure patients can get involved with local health issues and putting the patient voice at the heart of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) decision making.
It is made up of people who have a real desire to see health services improve in the communities where they live and is chaired by the Board’s Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
Members give a voice to all patients, including vulnerable groups who need the most support from the NHS. Many congress members are involved with a Patient Participation Group, a local voluntary organisation or condition support group and all have an active interest in local health issues.
Congress members are appointed for a 2 year term of office. Members commit to spending around 50 hours per year supporting the work of the CCG, including attendance at bi-monthly meetings.