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An appeal directly from the members of our Patient Participation Group, Patients in Thanet need a voice!

Now that the Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group or CCG has merged with other CCGS in Kent to become part of NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group it is important that patients from our surgery contribute at a local, and at a county-wide level to represent the views and experiences of Ramsgate’s population.

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The East Cliff Practice Patient Participation Group or PPG needs more participants to represent all age groups, abilities and healthcare requirements. We normally meet at the surgery every two months on a Tuesday evening at 6pm for about an hour, but during Covid-19 restrictions it has not possible to meet in person. We realise this is not convenient for everyone so we would like to suggest two monthly Zoom meetings, one in the morning and one in the evening,  to inform patients of the latest developments in Kent, and to monitor our patients’ experience of using the surgery, and other local NHS services.

Once a month patient representatives from Thanet surgeries also meet with the CCG engagement team to learn about the role of the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in order to make an effective contribution to the design, planning and commissioning of health services by sharing knowledge of their local area, giving feedback from their practice patients and offering ideas that will improve services for their local population. Representatives from Thanet Healthwatch and Thanet Over Fifties Forum or TOFFs usually attend too.

Our surgery’s active engagement in this two-way information sharing process means that we can take part in surveys, consultations etc. and are kept informed of the progress of key local health and social care messages, and initiatives such as the introduction of Urgent Treatment Centres or UTCs.

If you can help East Cliff Practice by becoming a member of the PPG please contact us using our secure online form. Someone will get in touch with you shortly to discuss PPG meetings and to give you instructions for taking part in Zoom meetings.

 

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Do you find this website easy to use? Is there anything you wanted to know that you could not find on here? Is it user-friendly or have you any suggestions on how to improve it? The Patient Participation Group or PPG would love to hear from you.

 

NHS Kent & Medway Clinical Commissioning Group

The CCG Associate Member for Thanet, who chairs the monthly Thanet meetings is Clive Hart. He reports back to the Lay member for Patient and Public Engagement, Kent and Medway CCG, who is currently Cathy Finnis.

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