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There are many ways you can get involved with NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group.

Whether it's via one of the consultations we're currently running to gather your opinions, attending our Governing Body meetings, or one of our yearly annual public meetings, or by getting in touch with us with feedback from one of the services.

As a patient, carer and citizen of Rushcliffe, your voice will be at the heart of the decisions we make. The only way we will get it right is by listening, hearing and acting upon your suggestions, experience and feedback and we are committed to supporting every person in Rushcliffe to have their say.

Please use the menu on the left to visit the relevant page to get involved with NHS Rushcliffe CCG.


What is public involvement in commissioning?

Public involvement in commissioning is about enabling people to voice their views, needs and wishes, and to contribute to plans, proposals and decisions about services. Our use of the term “patients and Public” includes everyone who used the services and may do so in the future, including carers and families


The term “involvement” is used interchangeably with “engagement”, “participation”, “consultation “and “patient or public voice” and there are many different ways to involve patients and public as illustrated opposite.

Different approaches will be appropriate, depending on the nature of the commissioning activity and the needs of different groups of people.



Why is public involvement in commissioning important

The NHS Constitution enshrines public ownership of the NHS as a fundamental value

“The NHS belongs to the people. It is there to improve our health and wellbeing, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill, and when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives”

This NHS is accountable to the public, communities and patients that is serves and is therefore subject to public scrunity. Building on the constitution, the Five Year Forward View sets out a vision for growing public involvement.

“One of the great strengths of the country is that we have an NHS that – at is best – is of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to engage with communities and citizens in new ways, involving them directly in decisions about the future of health care services”

"I act as a Patient Representative on the Integrated Care and Delivery Group. I have a special interest in Frail and Older people. I have been particularly impressed by the level of project management and the willingness of the many different organisations to break down the silos and work together to create a future that has patients at its centre."  

Mike Terrell, Member of the Active Group 

"By being involved with the CCG, I have a better understanding of how hard everyone works, doing their best to improve services for local people whilst on a tight budget. And in turn that helps me champion the local NHS team to other patient groups that I am involved with."                                                                                                                                                 

Paul Midgley, Chair of the Patient Cabinet 

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”         


"Getting involved has given me insight into how the NHS works so I can understand how their processes work which in turn has enabled me to make suggestions for potential improvements to health services and putting patients' voices at the heart and soul of health and social care provision. Citizens of Rushcliffe are fortunate to have Rushcliffe CCG who consults, engages and supports effective networking of PPG's through the Patient Active Group and my experience has been that it is committed to listening to its patients and putting patients and patient groups at the centre when commissioning and improving health services. Getting involved has also made me realise that we all need to take responsibility for our own health and well being and that by doing this we can all play our part in alleviating some of the pressures on the NHS.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ultimately, I got involved because I care about our NHS and I want this service to be available for future generations." 

Kamaljeet Pentreath, Chair of the Active Group 

Patient and Public Involvement in Governance

The NHS Rushcliffe Constitution sets out the key ways in which the public should be involved in commissioning. The principles the CCG will follow in involving the public can be found in section 5.2 (page 16). How the CCG will ensure transparency of decision making can be found in section 6 (page 21). 

The CCG’s Governing Body should include at least:

1 lay person who has the qualifications, expertise or experience in finance and audit, and chairs the audit committee

1 lay person who has knowledge about the CCGs local area to express informed views about how the CCG is performing its functions. This person will ensure that, in all aspects of the CCG’s business, the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public involvement in the work of the CCG.

NHS Rushcliffe CCG believes patient and public involvement is so integral in the work of the CCG that it includes 3 lay people in its Governing Body membership.


Sue Clague Lay Vice Chair

Sue Clague Lay Vice Chair

Ian Blair Lay Member

Ian Blair Lay Member


Click here to learn more about the Governing Body, to view the meeting papers, dates for the upcoming meetings and to find our more about the Lay Members and members of the Governing Body. 

Patient Cabinet

Working with local people to get it right

NHS Rushcliffe CCG has a Patient Cabinet accountable to the Governing Body which meets on a bi-monthly basis and is part of our established governance structure

Members are drawn from across Rushcliffe to provide representation of patient views and opinions and to inform commissioning arrangements, business planning and to identify possible improvements. 

The Governing Body has approved and keeps under review the terms of reference for the Patient Cabinet, which includes information on its membership.

Membership consists of:

  • Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement
  • Chair, Patient Participation Group Representative for Central area
  • Patient Participation Group Representative for North area
  • Patient Participation Group Representative for South area
  • Patient Representative for Carers
  • Patient Representative Children & Families
  • Patient Representative for Retired 
  • 2 x Patient Representatives Working Age
  • 2 x Patient Representatives for Teenagers
  • Representative from Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service (RCVS)
  • Healthwatch Nottinghamshire Champion
  • Head of Governance & Engagement, NHS Rushcliffe CCG     
  • Patient and Public Involvement Officer,  NHS Rushcliffe CCG  
  • Patient Experience Manager & Complaints,  NHS Rushcliffe CCG, NHS Nottingham West CCG and NHS Nottingham North and East CCG

The Patient Cabinet provides a single recognised structure to oversee the delivery of patient and public involvement and patient experience activity and to ensure impact and change is demonstrable both internally and externally. All Patient Cabinet minutes, detailing the discussions held, form part of the Governing Body papers, which are published here.

The Lay Member for Patient and Publication has a standing agenda item on the Governing Body agenda to report from the Patient Cabinet and assure the Governing Body members that the CCG is involving patients at all levels of its business.

In addition to the Patient Cabinet, the CCG facilitates the Active Group, which is made up of the chairs of GP Practice Patient Participation Groups (PPG). Their role is to encourage patients and carers to participate in planning, managing and making decisions about their own care and treatment by promoting self-care and shared decision making.

Click here for more information on the Active Group.

The Patient Cabinet Terms of reference can be found here.

Public Involvement explained in our commissioning/business plans

The operational plan for Rushcliffe CCG links closely and is requested to be read in conjunction with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan which has details of the public involvement within these plans. 

Enabler 3 on page 57 of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan outlines the proactive communications and engagement to develop and deliver the plan across Nottinghamshire.

It discusses why this is important, the aim, what will be different in 2020/21, what we will achieve in the first two years. It answers how we will engage with clinicians, staff and the public and goes on to discuss:

  • Strategic communications and engagement – our offer to the public
  • Engagement to date with local authorities, patients, staff and key stakeholders
  • Engagement to date with the clinical community including GPs

To find out more about how we have involved local people in our work see our annual engagement report.

Public Involvement demonstrated in our Annual Report

Annual Reports are produced by the CCG that must show how our public involvement duty has been discharged. Click here to our report for 2016/17.