West Oxfordshire PPG Locality Forum
In Oxfordshire, six PPG Locality Forums have been set up as voluntary non-statutory groups, each with an elected Chair in accordance with the Forum’s terms of reference, to bring the patient voice into commissioning decisions. In West Oxfordshire, the PPG Locality Forum is known as Public & Patient Partnership West Oxfordshire (PPPWO).
Public & Patient Partnership West Oxfordshire
PPPWO are here to be the ears and the voice of public and patients across the West Oxfordshire Locality. Through the PPPWO committee they provide information to OCCG on how patients and the public locally view all aspects of health and social care.
You can find out more about the group through the following links:
PPPWO is chaired by Graham Shelton and the vice-chair is Peter Branson. They also attend the West Oxfordshire Locality Group commissioning meetings to make sure that the commissioner hears the patients’ views.
The PPPWO Steering Group meets monthly in Witney and welcomes anyone with an interest in health and social care in West Oxfordshire, particularly:
- Patient Participation Group (PPG) representatives
- Patient and carer charities
- District Council
- County Council
- Local Health Trust Governors
PPPWO holds several 'Have Your Say' events in local areas across the West Oxfordshire locality each year. The group is always keen to hear of opportunities to meet local people to discuss their experience of health services, and suggestions for improvement.
At previous events in Burford, Witney, Bampton, Eynsham and Carterton local people have talked to PPPWO about many issues and experiences. Common topics include:
- The good care received from many parts of the NHS
- The value of a local GP practice
- Waiting times for a GP appointment
- Access and parking problems to get to the Oxford hospitals
- Difficulties with hospital appointment arrangements and letters
PPPWO are revising their original terms of reference in discussion with OCCG.
If you live in West Oxfordshire and would like to get involved with the Public & Patient Partnership West Oxfordshire, please contact Emma.Teasdale@healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk