Who are we?
The Patient Forum has been set up for over 12 years and meets every two months in the Tutbury Village Hall, (situated next to the Health Centre). The group has grown from the initial 4 people, managed by the Practice, into an autonomous group of 20+ members. The meetings are also attended by representatives of the Practice and local Pharmacies. This enables meaningful discussions to be held on many aspects of running the Practice and the issues that they and the patients may have. Our aims are to maintain the quality of care and to work with the Practice on moving forward in these challenging times. We also have representation on both the East Staffs District Patient Engagement Group and the East Staffs Clinical Commissioning Group, (ESCCG), Patient Board. This means we can keep all members updated on both NHS and ESCCG decisions / commissioning plans that could have an impact on the Practice and /or its patients. In addition, our members also are involved in a large number of activities within the community and beyond.
In June 2018, the Forum became members of Support Staffordshire, the first Practice Patient Participation Group to do so. Support Staffordshire was established on 12 January 2015 following the historic merger of six Community Voluntary Services partners across Staffordshire. They support all Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise member organisations in three main ways:
The Advancement of Volunteering for All
Support and Development Services to VCSE Organisations including Start-ups
Facilitating Collaboration, Voice and Representation