North Tyneside CCG News

CCG volunteers successful at Age Takes Centre Stage Awards

Fri 13th November 2015

The outstanding work of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Patient Forum has been recognised at this year’s Age Takes Centre Stage Award.

Judges praised the Forum’s work to help redesign healthcare services for older people in North Tyneside, and awarded the status of Highly Commended for their achievements.

The Patient Forum is a group of 46 volunteers who help to provide the local health service with a valuable insight into healthcare services from the patient’s perspective, driving change and improvement for the people of North Tyneside.

The judging panel of Age Takes Centre Stage was told how the Patient Forum has helped the CCG to develop its New Models of Care, which is a new and improved way to care for the frail and vulnerable patients of North Tyneside. Information was also shared about how the forum has helped to raise awareness of the importance of self-care for patients, taking part in a number of community workshops to address the common issue of low-level back pain.

Dr John Matthews, Clinical Chair of NHS North Tyneside CCG said: “The Patient Forum is a great asset for the CCG and everyone in North Tyneside. It is great to see it receiving this recognition.”

Forum member, Susan Dawson, added: “As a group, we are passionate about healthcare provision and we have a wealth of experience that helps us ensure that services are designed to meet the needs of the residents of North Tyneside. I am delighted that the hard work of the Patient Forum members has been recognised.”

To learn more about the work of the North Tyneside CCG Patient Form, go to: www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/patient-forum/