News

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.

Getting social with the CCG

Well here I am doing something I never expected to do – writing a blog, having posted online and who knows even see people share it on social media. All this is thanks to a recent course I attended which was set up and delivered by staff at NHS Leeds West CCG. In my role […]

Just bloggin’ on the value of values

What does value mean to you? A recent event I attended, in my capacity as a patient leader, got me thinking about this although I confess I haven’t yet come up with an answer! I’ve now chalked up four events as a patient leader. I took the train down to the ‘steel city’ to attend […]

Collaboration is key

Two years after the implementation of the key changes as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 it is clear the future of the NHS (and social care) is dependent upon collaboration, an observation based on some really fruitful meetings and workshops I’ve attended recently. We’ve recently begun a review into partnership […]

Wheels keep spinning

My life after my holiday seems to involve lots of wheels spinning, from the hectic diary I’ve had through to my preparations for my charity bike ride. Before I start my update I just wanted to say a very warm welcome to Jo Harding our new Director of Nursing and Quality. She’s only been here […]

Happy App to Help Support Young People with Mental Health

A group of young people from Leeds have been working together to design an app to support mental health and now their ideas are set to become a reality after they pitched them to a Dragon’s Den-style panel of health experts, who all said: “We’re in!” The 12 to 19 year-olds have been working over […]

Access for all

We are lucky to have the NHS in this country, a fact I reflected on after attending a recent event looking at access to health for refugees. As a patient leader I was asked to attend the event to help me and my fellow patient leaders get a different perspective on the needs of this […]

Are we at the tipping point?

We seem to be coming to an exciting point in our life as a CCG and one that very much feels like a tipping point albeit a positive one, well that’s my view….for now! Why do I see this as a tipping point? Because it is now clearly apparent that CCGs must be the champions […]

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 […]