Lay members for patient and public engagement

The CCG has one independent lay member for patient and public engagement, Cathy Finnis, who is a member of the CCG’s Governing Body. She is supported by seven independent associate lay members.

Cathy plays a vital role in the CCG as the champion of the patient voice. She works closely with colleagues and the Engagement Team, commissioners and other stakeholders to be in a position to assure the Governing Body the CCG is meeting its statutory and mandatory obligations with regard to engagement and consultation.

Cathy does not have executive oversight of patient and public engagement in the CCG, but plays a role in ensuring the CCG has robust and transparent systems in place to effectively engage with patients, carers and the wider public; and that the views of these people are considered and acted on where appropriate in every decision made.

The independent associate lay members for patient and public engagement represent the former CCG areas of Kent and Medway. They provide support and advice to the Governing Body Independent Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement Cathy Finnis who also represents one of the former CCG areas. They are not officers of the CCG and do not have executive oversight of patient and public engagement but play a vital role in their communities.

They chair local patient participation group meetings and health reference groups and work closely with the CCG’s engagement team which engages with a wide variety of groups, individuals and communities across the county.

The associate lay members bring their local community perspective, informed by individual knowledge and experience of their constituency area, its population and the multiple ways the CCG engages and involves patients, carers and local residents in its work. They do not work as officers of the CCG and similar to the Lay Member do not have any executive/officer oversight of the CCG’s work. 

As the NHS works more closely together as a system and partnerships, the lay members are helping to assure that local networks and partnerships are effective and appropriate continue to flourish as well as working with their peers and engagement teams to identify new opportunities for local and countywide involvement. 

They provide assurance that:

  • Public and patients‘ views are heard locally and across the CCG, and their expectations understood and met as appropriate
  • The CCG maintains an effective relationship with local stakeholders and community groups and draws on existing patient and public engagement and involvement expertise
  • The CCG has effective arrangements in place to secure public and patient involvement and responds in an effective and timely way to feedback and recommendations from patients, carers and the public.

If you’d like to get in touch with one of our associate lay members, the Engagement Team, or to give us your views on NHS services in Kent and Medway, email kmccg.engage@nhs.net.

Ana Paula Nacif
Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement,
Canterbury and Coastal.
anapaula.nacif@nhs.net

Cathy Finnis
Independent Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement,
Kent and Medway CCG

Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement,
South Kent Coast.
cathy.finnis@nhs.net 

Chris Morley
Independent Associate Lay Member 
Patient and Public Engagement,
Ashford, and lay member
Primary Care Commissioning,
Ashford, and Canterbury and Coastal.
chris.morley2@nhs.net

Clive Hart
Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement,
Thanet.
clive.hart@nhs.net

Gerald Heddell
Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement,
West Kent, and lay member
Primary Care Commissioning,
West Kent.
gerald.heddell@nhs.net         

Nicola Tyers
Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement,
Medway, and Chair, Primary Care Operational Group, Medway and Swale.
nicola.tyers@nhs.net

Rosemary Bolton
Independent Associate Lay Member
Patient and Public Engagement, 
Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.  
rosemary.bolton1@nhs.net   

Update from Chris Morley, Associate Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement for Ashford

Following the establishment of a single CCG for Kent and Medway in April 2020, I have continued to participate in a wide range of engagement activities at various levels. These include:

  • PPE representative for Kent & Medway on the Kent and Medway Care Record project
  • PPE representative for Kent & Medway on the Kent Medway and Sussex Clinical Assessment Service (CAS)/111 project
  • PPE representative on the Strategic Healthcare in East Kent programme
  • PPE representative for Ashford on the Ashford Health and Wellbeing Partnership, and chair of the Partnership’s Inequalities Working Group
  • PPE representative on Kent Strategic Migration Group
  • Participation with other voluntary groups has been difficult during the year as many have not met due to Covid-19 restrictions. I have, however, maintained contact with many groups including the Ashford Chronic Pain Group, SpeakUp!, Headway East Kent, and the McMillan Cancer Café in the hope that these will resume in the next few months.
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  • As a Trustee of Ashford Volunteer Centre I have been able to assist with links between the centre and the NHS, including a project to locate mobile screening units in central Ashford to improve uptake (although this did not go ahead).
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  • As an Enterprise Adviser with The Education People, I am currently working with a local school and a local college (both in Ashford) to help students with career choices, especially in health and social care.

PPI Governing Body lay member and associates engagement activities 2020/21

Lay member/associate:  Gillian Wells

Area covered: Swale, as part of Medway and Swale ICP

Project/committee role

Brief overview of engagement and project - list of activities with supporting documents and web links etc as appropriate

Details of how engagement was considered and how it influenced decision making

Medway and Swale PPG/PLG joint meeting

Meets every 2 months (I co-chair with Nicola Tyers). Next meeting 18 March. Previous meeting on 21 January provided comprehensive update on Covid vaccine including extensive Q and A session lead by Gail Locock. Updates on the ICP were postponed to March meeting. Each member of the group shared key highlights and what they wanted to see at next meeting.

Patients better informed about Covid vaccine and could allay concerns with own consituents.

Swale PLG

Meets every 6 weeks to identify Swale specific issues and feed into joint M and S meeting. Last meeting 1 March. Key points covered included general ICP update and how best to feed into this structure, updates on dementia pathway and Frank Lloyd unit, Covid vaccine input, Homeless paper shared from PCCC given high numbers of Swale residents. Discussion facilitated by Katie Blissett on how best to support Iwade/Sheppey engagement to inform future primary care delivery for those areas. Discussed Swale Borough Council draft plan.

Feedback on ideas for engaging in Iwade and Sheppey taken forward by Katie Blissett.

 

F/u action by GW to share public facing ICP plan so that Swale PLG can ‘match’ its work to ICP priorities.

 

Collating PLG responses to SBC plan to share with SBC by end March.

KM PPI meeting

Sharing of CCG environmental strategy. Highlighted as a good way to engage with younger people. New lead for environment still being recruited to. Once in post will meet group to take forward suggestions.

January meeting.

Covid vaccination discussions.

Taking up the importance of vaccinating informal/unpaid carers as a priority group. February and March.

Currently liaising with relevant team members  in CCG to ensure informal carers covered.

PPI Governing Body lay member and associates engagement activities 2020/21

Lay member/associate: Gerald Heddell

Area covered: West Kent

Project/committee role

Brief overview of engagement and project - list of activities with supporting documents and web links etc as appropriate

Details of how engagement was considered and how it influenced decision making

Chair, West Kent PPG Chairs

Support and sharing of best practices for PPGs in individual practices and in the development of PCNs. Currently establishing a Steering Group of nominees from the 9 West Kent PCNs

 

Chair, West Kent ICP Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Group (SEAG)

Group established under the auspices of the West Kent ICP Development Board to bring together relevant stakeholders, including primary care, acute and community health Trusts, local councillors, elected members, the voluntary sector and Kent and Medway CCG, to advise the ICP Development Board (ICPDB). 

SEAG is charged with advising the ICPDB on:

  1. A plan for engagement
  2. Relevant communication tools
  3. How engagement can help to bring about culture change

Member of K and Medway Stroke Co-design Team

Group providing essential input to the plans for the provision of Hyper Acute Stroke Units across Kent and Medway. Largely made up of stroke survivors.

Good initial progress, with on-site meetings at two proposed sites. Now on hold due to Covid restrictions.

Specific engagement initiatives related to changes to GP practices proposals

A good example is the public engagement on the development of the new Edenbridge Health and Wellbeing Centre for which the outline business plan was approved by the Primary Care Committee.

 

Engagement on establishing local care hubs across West Kent

Options developed and presented to public meetings with good support.

Concept revisited and on hold following the development of Kent and Medway CCG

 

 

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