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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

 Dr Simon Rumley - health column

Simon Rumley

I’ve been chair of NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for two years now. The CCG is responsible for commissioning (buying) healthcare services for the 113,000 residents living in the area. This can be something as simple as a hearing aid assessment or something as complicated as major heart surgery and includes all types of care including mental and physical health.

We’re a successful CCG and one of the reasons for this is that we try, as much as possible, to involve patients and members of the public in any decisions we make about the healthcare of Wyre Forest residents. This is really important as patient experience is often the best way to judge how well services are being provided.

There are lots of ways to be involved, such as attending our Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning meetings, joining our membership scheme or by becoming a member of your own GP surgery’s Patient Participation Group. Those who are involved find it a rewarding and interesting experience.

We would like to engage with as many different people as possible and are very keen for patients and members of the public to join our engagement scheme. By joining the scheme, you will be kept up-to-date with the latest CCG developments and will be invited to take part in a range of engagement activities, such as giving feedback, taking part in surveys, attending focus groups or sitting on a committee. You choose how much or how little you want to be involved, it doesn’t matter what type of person you are or how much time you might have available, we have different membership levels to suit your circumstances, so would love to hear from you.

For more information on how you can be involved in influencing how we commission healthcare services, please visit our website www.wyreforestccg.nhs.uk/getting-involved/ or contact our Patient and Public Engagement Manager at ruth.cooper@worcestershire.nhs.uk or on 01562 514620.