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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.

Committed citizens can change the world

Recently I joined the Patient Leader programme that has been developed by NHS Leeds West CCG expertly guided by the CCG’s Engagement Lead, Chris Bridle. Put simply a Patient Leader’s job is to champion the voice of the wider community. A longer definition of a Patient Leader is available towards the end of the blog. […]

Patient involvement: moving beyond a tick box exercise

We are busy introducing an innovative way in which we can involve our patients so that it is no longer seen as ‘ticking a box’. You’re at work and someone reminds you about the dreaded equality and diversity assessment or form you need to complete, just feels like another tick box exercise that appears to […]

Improving the quality of interpretation and translation in primary care services

We were asked by NHS Leeds West CCG to attend a recent event held by NHS England in our capacity as patient leaders. The day centred on the specific communication needs of patients who require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation or those whose main language is not English. We came with an open mind to […]

Home is where the heart is

A lot of the focus of some of my recent meetings has been around ways we can help our patients get home sooner which has got me thinking about how much I might be pining for home comforts in September when I do the coast to coast challenge. Before I talk about our work to […]

Representation: An essential component or unwelcome distraction

Representative [rep-ri-zen-tuh-tiv] noun a person or thing that represents another or others. a typical example or specimen of a group, quality, or kind. When I drop my kids off at primary school I am greeted with an explosion of diversity.  Children of different faiths and cultures chase each other round the playground in riotous cacophony. […]

New technology and a trip down memory lane

Our recent successful bid for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund has resulted in a trip down memory lane…more on that shortly. Due to the dedication and hard work of our primary care team and support from our member practices we have been successful with our bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. The fund encourages […]

Looking ahead with 2020 vision

Even though the general election is looming and with it a chance that national policy for the health service could change we still have a duty to prepare for the future. This is because transforming primary care will be a key cornerstone of the future of the NHS regardless of which political party is in […]

Value of patient experience

I’m sure like me you will have heard the oft repeated line ‘your feedback is important to us’ and no doubt like me you wonder whether this is a token gesture or a genuine commitment. As a commissioning organisation we have been grateful for the views and feedback of our patients. Your views and feedback […]

All hands to the pump

Now that Christmas and New Year is out of the way for many it may be a quieter period, but the same cannot be said for the NHS here in Leeds or indeed nationally. I’m sure you will all have seen the media headlines documenting the winter pressures being experienced by NHS trusts across the […]

Season of goodwill

As we approach Christmas there have been recent examples of generosity and goodwill that remind me of the importance of people working together and helping each other, the same is true of organisations. We are well aware of the various challenges that face us in health and social care. However in recent weeks I’ve been […]