Groups to join
We run and are involved in a number of groups locally, giving people in Southampton many different ways of getting involved with our work and shaping local health services.
Find out more below and if you would like any more information or to join any of these groups, please get in touch with our Communications Team.
Healthwatch Southampton works to help people get the best out of Southampton's health and social care services - making sure your views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and watch over health and social care services in Southampton.
Each of the local GP practices is a member of the CCG, and have their own Patient Participation Group (PPG) which gives local people the opportunity to get involved at a very local level and have their say.
This group was set up as a ‘critical friend’ of our Governing Body to ensure that the CCG provides equality and fairness, in terms of access to and use of services, and that the impact and outcome are positive for all.
The Equality Reference Group provides advice, support, assurance and feedback to the CCG to ensure the organisation meets its equality commitments. Individual experiences of healthcare services are discussed in the group and issues reported to the CCG for appropriate actions.
Join the People’s Panel and help shape decision making in Southampton.
Becoming part of the People’s Panel is an easy way to get involved in giving your opinions to inform decisions about local services and issues. It will enable you to influence how services are delivered, highlight issues you feel need to be reviewed, and help you shape public services for your community.
We would like to hear from any patient or patient carer who has used any of the services in Southampton. Our Patients' Forum meets bi-monthly and is kept up to date with the developments in the CCG. The Forum is a consultative group and our senior commissioners attend the meetings to discuss their various programmes of work to seek feedback and ensure service user involvement in planning and improving services.
Consult and Challenge is a group run by service users and carers, who are ‘experts by experience’, and possess a wealth of knowledge on their own requirements and capabilities.
The group was originally set up to help disabled people to have a greater involvement in the design, creation and improvement of the local services that affect them.
Consult and Challenge now run monthly meetings supported by the CCG.
Comprising a range of local patients and representatives from Healthwatch Southampton, the voluntary sector, a practice manager, Southampton City Council and our local hospitals.