Innovation Conference update and Community Forum

In early 2017 Community Ambassador Valerie Fabry suggested that the community might be able to suggest small projects that had an innovative aspect to them and which could have a large impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.

The CCG supported this proposal and invited groups and individuals from across North East Hampshire and Farnham to put forward projects that needed help to become reality or required a boost. Successful bids would receive a maximum of £2,000 in funding.

On March 27, 2017, an Innovation Conference was held and the CCG, together with members of the public, patient representatives, partners and stakeholders, voted on the schemes they felt should be given support.

The projects that received funding were:

  • Yoga for overweight women
  • Patient-led self-help groups
  • Cultural activities for people with mild to moderate mental illness
  • Wellbeing cycling project
  • Theatre Club
  • Information and Advice hub for Farnham Health Centre
  • GP sessions to raise cultural awareness of the Nepali community
  • Fun sessions linked to health and wellbeing for the Nepali community in Fleet, Yateley and Church Crookham

On November 20, 2017, a follow-up event (Innovation Conference update) was held for representatives of the projects to feed back to the CCG and other community members on their progress during the intervening eight months.

Click here to view the final and interim reports on the projects that received support from the Innovation Conference.

The event was very well-received and feedback included comments such as: 

"A great opportunity to become familiar with the area and understand the fantastic work that is taking place and to network with others."

"It was good to be able to network with a wide variety of people and hear project updates."

"Really interesting to hear that as a result of learning from others, some projects decided they didn't need all the money. Very refreshing to hear."

To see the presentations given at the Innovation Conference update and the Community Forum, click on the following links:

Introduction slides

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Community Ambassador programme

Making Connections

Chair Yoga

At the event attendees were encouraged to take part in some 'chair yoga', with the aid of a video prepared by yoga instructor Cate Terry. If you want to give it a go at home (or at work), here is the video:

Community Forum

The CCG recognises the critical importance and value of engaging with patients and the public in order to improve health outcomes for the local population. There are a number of ways it ensures that the public are involved in shaping services, including:

Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) Committee - a formal sub-committee of the CCG, directly accountable to the Governing Body to assure the CCG that it meets its duties for engagement and to communicate in a meaningful way with the general public.

Healthcare Communications and Engagement Action Group - has a role to ensure that we engage with and listen to patients and our general public, sharing new ideas, understanding people’s views and experiences and sharing what has and hasn’t worked.

The Healthcare Community Forum has been developed to provide a place for conversations with local people.

Role and aim of the Community Forum 

Is to enable conversations between local decision makers and local people, providing a feedback channel to the Clinical Commissioning Group and back to our community on issues relating to local health services, in particular where these affect communities in Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Yateley and Farnham.

The forum will also test ideas for engagement and use the forum as a place to evaluate the effectiveness of our engagement and communications activity.

The forum will provide space for networking and sharing across organisations representing the local community.

An aim is to ensure that as a Clinical Commissioning Group we support self-care and prevention messaging to the local community.

That we have identified priorities and plans we work on with our local community, but this is our way of asking local people what they think is important to help local people with their health and wellbeing                 


The Membership of the group will be open to the general public through an RSVP.

Formal invites will be extended to:

  • Local Healthwatch
  • Staff from local provider organisations
  • Local voluntary sector organisations, faith and community groups ensuring we include young people and children
  • Local authority staff
  • Patient Participation Groups/Area Patient Group

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