Presentations from our Exeter Patient and Public Involvement Meeting 19th December

LINk CCG – Exeter

Here is the presentation NHS Devon gave to our participants at the Exeter meting on 19th December, thanks to all those who attended. Plus, here’s a link to the Prezi presentation by Caroline Lee: : this is a free online creative commons app, once you have mastered it (it took me a day) it’s great fun, I urge you to have a go! Also, if you don’t have microsoft office can I suggest which is compatible with powerpoint etc.
Any queries, give me a shout! And Happy Christmas!

Useful links and update from LINk Devon’s CCG Sub Group

Hi, here are a few links to updated information re CCG development, particularly relating to patient and public involvement. I hope this information will be of use to you in enabling understanding of the changing structures of healthcare commissioning.  up to date info re commissioning, anyone can sign up to this bulletin.  guidance from NHS Commissioning board re the appointment of lay members NHS Confederation : Managing conflicts of interest Article re the role of elected councillors and CCGs. This issue was raised at our CCG sub group.

 We are hoping in Devon to help spread good practice for patient and public involvement in GP surgery settings by holding a network learning event for all concerned parties in October. This event will be in partnership with other organisations to help support the implementation of the DES in Devon. 93 practices in Devon carried out the DES last year. If you have any advice information or ideas about how to involve people from different groups or backgrounds, and keeping them involved, or want to get involved in a structure that “gains the views of patients and enables the practice to obtain feedback from the practice population” (taken from the Patient Participation DES Annual Report 2011/12) now is the time!

If you are interested and want to know more then please drop me a line at

Update on report progress

We have just sent out the LINk report about Patient Participation Groups at GP surgeries to all our partners for further consultation. We’ve made contact with all the GP surgeries in the LINk catchment area and in just over a month the full report should be made available to the general public. At this stage the report shows that of the respondents to our questionnaire, practices were committed to involving people in a variety of ways, all offers of help would be appreciated, with almost half of the practice managers saying that a workshop would be a good idea to share good practice. Our sub group thought it might be a good idea for patients who are group members to attend too, so we will be looking at ways of contacting patients via GP surgeries who might be interested in getting more actively involved at surgery level. If you would like to know more, or get involved with the growing numbers of people who are taking the opportunity to help shape service provision at GP surgeries, drop me a line via this page, or email me at ! It would be great to hear from you!

The bigger picture….thanks Lucy!


I was asked by a local charity whether I had details of all of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the south west and which LINk and PCT related to which CCG. The CCGs are the groups that are taking over responsibility for health commissioning as part of the ‘NHS Reforms’. (See my post here for a nice simple explanation of the reforms.)

Well I rummaged through the piles of paper on my desk but I couldn’t find all the information in one place, so I’ve put it together in a spreadsheet for you:

It’s worth remembering that the LINk that covers any area will also be the same as the Local Authority (council) that covers the area. That’s useful because of course, the Local Authorities host the Health & Wellbeing Boards, which are another part of the new landscape.

CCGs (and PCTs) in the south west all mapped…

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