Patient and public engagement

In the North, there is a patient and public forum called North Oxfordshire Patient and Public Forum, or NOLF for short.

NOLF holds three open public forum meetings per year, two in Banbury and one in Chipping Norton. Anyone is welcome to come to these meetings. For information on these meetings please email:

Steering Group:

NOLF has a steering group to take forward actions relating to discussions at the open public forum meetings. Members include Patient Participation Group (PPG) representatives from the practices in North Oxfordshire. Other members include representatives from OCCG, Cherwell District Council, a member of a local faith network group and HealthWatch Oxfordshire who are listening members.

NOLF’s Steering Group meets every two months. The next meeting of the steering group is on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at Bodicote House, Banbury (2pm-4pm).
Currently six GP practices out of the 12 in North Oxfordshire are represented. Patients from the remaining practices would be most welcome. If you would like to attend please email

To find out more about the open forum meetings or the work of the steering group email

The role of NOLF is:

To represent the patient voice and views of the North Oxfordshire residents about their health care services.

How will the Forum do this?

The group will give patients a voice in arranging the organisation of their health care through two-way communication with Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG).  Activities will include:

  1. Representing needs and experiences from all patients registered to the 12 NOLG GP practices;
  2. Challenging the locality constructively whenever necessary;
  3. Getting involved in relevant consultations;
  4. Encouraging and supporting activities within the locality to promote good health;

The Chair of NOLF is Anita Higham, OBE, supported by Deputy Chair, David Heyes.

Minutes of previous NOLF open public forums are available here:

2015 05 12 North Oxfordshire Patient and Public Forum notes FINAL

2015 01 28 North Oxfordshire Patient and Public Forum notes FINAL

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