Transforming and improving local primary care services was the theme as North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) looked back on 2017/18 at its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 27.

Around 100 people gathered at the Church on the Heath, in Elvetham Heath, Fleet, to take part in the event and to hear about the work the CCG has been doing together with local people and partner organisations and how it is making a real difference to the area's population.

Sir Andrew Morris, the lead of the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, and formerly Chief Executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, described what the CCG was doing as 'groundbreaking' and 'fantastic'.

2017/18 was the last year of the three-year national vanguard programme, which North East Hampshire and Farnham was chosen to be part of and through which it set up the Happy, Healthy, at Home programme. Happy, Healthy, at Home enabled many of the key local changes to take place, including the creation of Integrated Care Teams, bringing together GP services, mental health teams, physiotherapists, community nurses, pharmacists, social care staff and paramedic practitioners, who all work as one team to ensure a patient's total physical and mental health needs are treated as one. You can see a video shown at the event about how the teams work.

Dr Peter Bibawy, acting Clinical Chair of the CCG, outlined the key parts of the CCG's performance and some of the main changes in recent years, as well as highlighting the forthcoming 70th birthday of the NHS itself. He introduced Ian Penfold, a Community Ambassador - a member of the public helping the CCG to develop services and to share information with local people and feedback public views - who spoke of how he had been able to contribute and what difference he was able to make.

Dr Hanne Hoff, the CCG's Clinical Director for Prescribing, has been working with Frimley Park Hospital to help more patients to be discharged back to their homes or into their communities sooner, to help with their recovery and to improve their quality of life. She shared feedback from some of the patients who have been helped in this way. You can read their comments in the presentations from the night by clicking on the link below.

Following the recent Innovation Conference (where community members are invited to submit bids for small-scale funding for projects to improve local people's health and wellbeing), Healthwatch Hampshire produced a short film about the event. This film was also shown to guests at the CCG's annual general meeting and you can see it here.

Click here for a copy of the presentation from the meeting.

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