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Our approach to engagement

Local people, patients and carers are at the centre of our plans to improve health care in Richmond. To ensure that this happens there are several ways that local people can get involved in our work and wider health and care services.

We have programme of community outreach – going in to local grassroots communities and speaking to people we don’t normally hear from. This work is delivered with local Healthwatch organisations.

We may need to do specific pieces of work to shape local services – and we tailor our approach to the needs of each project. For example, we may run a focus group or hold one to one interviews with people affected by a condition or service. We use Public Health population needs information, service data from providers, and the findings from equality impact assessments to  identify who may be affected by the project and therefore who we need to involve.  Our engagement plans are regularly reviewed to ensure we are involving the right people.

We have a Community Involvement Group which provides a valuable source of insight and oversight from key voluntary sector and community organisations, Richmond Council and Healthwatch Richmond about our patient and public engagement and equalities work. The Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group (PPESG) ensures that there is effective lay involvement and patient and public engagement across the South West London Health and Care Partnership

Our approach to engagement provides more information on the different methods we use to make sure that the patient voice is at the centre of our work, how we work with our colleagues in health and care to do this and how we engage with local people in a way that works for them.

Ways to get involved and have your say

View our latest patient and public engagement review which provides an overview of our patient and public engagement (PPE) activities for 2017/18.

If you find information on our website hard to find or difficult to understand, please get in touch with us so that we can hear your feedback. We are always happy to provide written information in different formats.

Patient and public voice in governance

When we make decisions, we want a range of views to be included. This includes having “lay members” on our governing body and sub-committees. Lay members are members of the public who act as an advocate for public interests.

“We are committed as to putting the public and patients at the centre of all we do; guiding our thinking and decision-making as a governing body. I am proud to see our engagement activities develop year on year, as we work with partners to develop and deliver the best possible health services for the local population.” Susan Smith, Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

Healthwatch Richmond is a member of our governing body, primary care commissioning committee and other committees.

Our PPG network is represented on our primary care commissioning committee.

How we use your feedback

Our latest patient and public engagement review and you said, we did page show how we use your feedback to shape services and inform our work.

If you’d like to influence local health services, why not get in touch with us to find out more?

Contact us at richmondccg.involve@swlondon.nhs.uk or call 020 3941 9917.