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 Wivenhoe Surgery
national health service

Date Of Next Meeting incl AGM  


Wednesday 25th July 2018 6.30pm


   Wivenhoe Medical Centre

Phillip Road  


        New Members Welcome    


Agenda Available under 'Our Documents'     


Forthcoming Meetings in 2018  

Wivenhoe Medical Centre  

Wednesdays @ 6.30pm    


25th July  

26th September  

  28th November  






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Supported by ACE Lifestyle Health Professionals


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Neil Hopkins  07855 065 634






Wivenhoe Patients Participation Group      



It is government policy that each GP practice, which may be a practice or medical centre, establish a Patient Participation Group (PPG) run by volunteers who are also patients.  PPG meetings are attended by practice staff alongside public members, whose purpose may well develop over the years.     Wivenhoe PPG has been in situ since February 2016 but can now really achieve results following the practice move to Phillip Road in October 2017, as not only has the uncertainty been lifted, but the new premises offer far more space and opportunity to develop services than was possible in the old building.    


The objectives of the group are to improve the service for the patient and to improve communication between the practice and its patients, which can several forms, including to:    


1 offer feedback on patients' observations and experiences (good and bad)
2 put pertinent questions to practice staff to discover reasons for policies/processes/the remit/government and legal requirements. etc  
3 invite guest speakers ot meetings
4 advise and inform
5 liaise with other groups
6 support and promote patient health initiatives
7 explain developments/changes in policy encountered by the practice to patients to ensure that patients receive an accurate account of any situation 
8 influence the provision of local health and social services
9 promote the aims and achievements of the PPG to a wider audience (posters, stalls, articles, word of mouth, etc)
10 undertake surverys
11 arrange talks and presentations for patients
12 raise funds
13 be inclusive in terms of age, gender, race, religion, social background, etc





Terms of Reference     


The PPG will



1 run the PPG with Chair and Secretary
2 meet on a bimonthly basis
3 ensure a quorum of 6 or more
4 contribute to practice decision-making and will consult on service development & provision
5 be the voice of Wivehoe by providing feedback on patients' viewpoint
6 help patients understand Wivenhoe Medical Centre's viewpoint
7 communicate information about the community which may affect healthcare
8 promote good health and higher levels of health literacy by encouraging and supporting activities within the the practice and promoting preventative medicine  
9 influence the provision of secondary healthcare and social care locally
10 give feedback to NHS trusts on consultations
11 not discuss patients' individual complaints
12 decisions will be given as a group
13 review the Terms of Reference on an annual basis




                   PPG Members


Public Members


Frances Millard


Peter Hill

(Vice Chair)

Penny Craft


Asa Aldis


Elizabeth Baines


Neil Hopkins                         


Michael Horley


Sandra Lawrence


Neil Lodge


Margaret Newman


Timothy Sherwen


Gillian Sleightholme



Surgery Staff Members


Dr S Cooper


Zoe Cronin

(Practice Manager)

Richard Gray






                         Important Websites

Patient Participation Organisations                 
NEE Health Forum North East Essex Health Forum  https://www.neessexccg.nhs.uk/health-forum



National Association for Patient Participation




Local Health Services   
ACE Anglia Community Enterprise http://www.acecic.co.uk/
CHUFT Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust http://colchesterhospital.nhs.uk/
Colchester Walk In Centre North Colchester Healthcare Centre https://www.northcolchesterhealthcarecentre.nhs.uk/
EEAST East of England Ambulance Service Trust http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/
EPUT Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust                                    https://www.eput.nhs.uk/
NEECCG North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group http://www.neessexccg.nhs.uk/

St Helena Hospice

St Helena Hospice


Essexwide Organisations   
Essex Healthwatch Essex Healthwatch http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/

Essex Social Services

Essex County Council Health & Social Care



Local Organisations   
Community 360  Community 360 http://www.community360.org.uk
CVST Community Voluntary Services Tendring https://www.cvstendring.org.uk/


Patient Advisory Liaison Service



National Organisations   
DH Department of Health https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health
NHS England NHS England https://www.england.nhs.uk/
NICE National Institute for Health & Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/



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