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There are several organisations that work to ensure that the views of patients, carers and the public are heard and acted upon by those making decisions concerning health services.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

The CGGs are now responsible for planning and delivering local health services.

You can get involved with the Isle of Wight CCG by joining your GP Patient Participation Group (PPG) (Contact the Practice Manager at your own GP practice.)

These groups allow patients to share experiences of health and healthcare services and influence future decisions. You can find out about CCG development plans and give your views on their work to help improve health services by participating in regular sessions such as:

  • Patient Forums
  • Voluntary Sector Meetings
  • Governing Body Meetings

CCG Governing Body Meetings are held in public every couple of months and you are welcome to attend, but not speak at these meetings.

To get involved, you could join Healthwatch (IOW)

Healthwatch (IOW) helps people speak up about health and social care services on the Island, and can provide information about these services. They help residents have their say on services in many ways.

The Isle of Wight NHS  Trust

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is made up of members who represent their local community and reflect a variety of different views.You may want to become a member if you are interested in finding out about the Hospitals Trust’s current and future proposals and want to contribute to some of the projects.

To get involved, you could register and attend events to see what goes on behind the scenes at the hospitals receive information about the hospitals’ plans and developments:

  • Join specific projects and give your views on services
  • Stand for election to become a Members of the Trust  (the governing body for the Hospital Trust)