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.

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 […]

Leeds champions quality maternity care with launch of new strategy

The NHS in Leeds has today set out a new vision for providing high quality, safe and responsive care for women and their families during pregnancy and birth. A Maternity Strategy for Leeds was launched by NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Group, which has developed the strategy on behalf of NHS organisations and partners […]

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. […]

Making Time Project launched in Pharmacies for People With Learning Disabilities in Leeds

NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire this week launched the ‘Making Time’ project, aimed at making sure people with learning disabilities get the best service they can from their local pharmacy. The project was set up after listening to the views of people who are currently using Learning Disability Care […]