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Position Paper – September 2018

BRIDGEWATER SURGERIES PPG came into being in March 2018 when Coach House and Park End PPG’s merged to reflect the merger of their two general Practices. The joint meeting of the two PPGs adopted the Terms of Reference available on this site. There are just under 30,000 patients under the merged practice.

COMMITTEE 2018/19: the following were elected: Russell Cleaver (Chair), Carly Melbourne (Vice Chair), John O’Connor, Penny Allum, Denis Micallef, Phil Soskin. Dr Sankaran agreed to act as GP representative and Lisa Mackin (Joint Practice Manager) as the PPG’s point of contact with the Practice and the provider of appropriate support.


This is spelt out in the Terms of Reference. In summary, it is to support and build a two-way relationship between Patients and the Practice, act as its ‘critical friend’ and encourage Practice activities which promote preventative medicine and healthy lifestyle choices.


Meanwhile it has held two meetings with invited guests

2018 is largely being taken up with organisational issues related to the Practice merger and it will therefore not be practical for the Committee to re-convene the PPG until early 2019 with plans and proposals.

Paul O’Hare (Programme Manager, Herts Help Hospital & Community Navigation Service) who explained the county’s social prescribing service, which is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical service., through the use of Navigators. This helps avoid unnecessary appointments that consume GP and other clinical staff’s time. Following this session, the Practice has successfully negotiated for a Community Navigator to be attached to the Meriden Surgery to address the needs of patients with mental health issues and are physically inactive.

Heather Aylward (Public Engagements Manager, Herts Valleys CCG) who gave her views on ways in which the PPG could develop and whether any funding or resources could be made available by the CCG, Heather came up with a range of ideas for the PPG to consider including how to tackle the widespread PPG problem of attracting interest and support, using ‘virtual support groups’ to complement the ‘face-to-face’ PPG. Presentations on carefully selected health issues was a proven way of attracting patients to meetings.


As there is a clear need to raise the PPG’s profile, the Practice’s website is currently being reviewed to make it easier for users to be aware of their PPG and how to be kept in touch with local current matters.


The next meeting of the PPG will be posted on this site in due course. Meanwhile any enquiries about your PPG should be e-mailed to the Bridgewater Surgeries web site on: 

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