We want to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news, events and announcements from your local CCG. In this section you can find our latest media releases as well as events and campaign announcements.

‘Experiencing the NHS for myself’

I’m positive that we all do our best to avoid kicking up a fuss but sometimes it is necessary for us. When this happens though I always worry about how I might be putting people out, or what impact I am having on someone. Whenever I am unwell, I do my best to self-care, look […]

Championing the patient voice at the General Practice at Scale conference

I volunteered (at fairly short notice) to attend the General Practice at Scale conference, organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS England, to speak about the way that NHS Leeds West CCG involves patient leaders/champions. I was in London the day before, so stayed over and arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at […]

Can Santa deliver for the NHS

All I want for Christmas is….integrated care wrapped around communities and individual patients. Here’s hoping Santa can help us out although he may have to fight dissenting elves and reindeers who’ve lost their bearing. My ideal present is simple enough.  If it wasn’t for the Grinch who has stolen the one system spirit and bought […]

Tell me something I don’t know!

The Realising the Value programme is designed to ‘develop the field of person and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing by building the evidence base and developing tools, resources and networks to support the spread and increase the impact of key approaches.’ To you and me this simply means that a bunch of folk, who […]

No such thing as ‘normal’

Personally, I’m not a fan of the word ‘normal’. Looking around the offices of NHS Leeds West CCG, I can’t see anyone who you could describe as “normal” in a more traditional sense; no two people are the same. As a total sum of their being – physically, mentally, hobbies, interests, I could go on. […]

Challenge accepted!

At the end of April I’m going to be taking part in another gruelling (for me) cycling challenge, but before I do that there’s plenty of challenges within the system we need to address. I recently attended a national briefing led by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive for NHS England and Jim Mackey, Chief Executive for […]

Various shades of pink

This is nothing to do with that notorious book or film, I’m afraid, but if you’re a Patient Leader it could be much more interesting! When you see an invitation to act as a Patient Leader on a particular topic that’s of personal interest and you think, “I’d like to do that!” the next natural […]

United we stand

If there’s one thing the current storm clouds circling the health and care system have taught us, it has to be the power of unity. United as a system, united by a sense of purpose and united by the sheer will to make sure we can do the best for the people we care for. […]