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   

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