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More than 50 Richmond borough residents attended an event on Tuesday 30 April where lead GPs for the new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explained about the CCG, its aims and goals, followed by an opportunity for questions.

Topics covered included explaining about progress on developing an out of hospital strategy which is due for publication in late July along with developing patient participation groups which are currently up and running in the majority of practices in the borough.

Ps answered various questions during an hour long Q and A session. A key subject brought up was how the CCG will be working with local hospitals to ensure quality services particularly in the area of discharge planning. This was discussed and explained that the CCG is working closely with local hospitals with CCG representatives on clinical quality review groups at both Kingston and West Middlesex hospitals where quality issues are discussed.

Chief Officer of Richmond CCG, Dominic Wright, said: “I am really pleased at how well attended the event was. It was encouraging to see so many people want to engage and work with us to help shape and influence the local health services in Richmond. “This is a new dawn for the NHS and one which sees GPs leading the organisation and therefore accountable and able to make the best informed decisions to improve the quality of care for patients, carers and all in Richmond.”

Chair of Richmond CCG, Dr Andrew Smith, added: “We are only a month old as a new organisation and still finding our feet, but what we are committed to, is putting our patients and borough residents at the heart of every decision we make. “This is the first of many such events and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend our next forum in September to help us to improve the quality of health services we deliver.”

The evening also included an opportunity for members of the public to ask the governing body of the CCG questions in a video room, which will be reviewed and shown at the next event where the questions raised in the video will be answered by the panel.

For more information or to add your name to the contact list for details of the next forum please email ccgcomms@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8734 3059.​