Around 50 people including Lambeth residents, Healthwatch Lambeth Trustees, Patient Participation Groups, GPs, pharmacists, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and Lambeth Councillors attended the seminar. It was opened by Knights Hill Ward Councillor Jane Pickard and closed by Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jim Dickson. The seminar also gave those attending an opportunity to meet Healthwatch Lambeth Trustees, who were there to listen to Lambeth residents views.
Why we held this seminar
We used this “Happy with our GP services?” seminar as an opportunity for Healthwatch Lambeth, LCCG and LPPGN to provide an update on developments in primary care services over the last 12 months. We also wanted to find out if Lambeth residents had felt a change in primary care services – good or bad.
We ran workshops on the topics of:
- Right for Everyone (R4E) – How can healthy living pharmacies deliver services that are fully accessible to all our residents and how can the importance of kindness in care systems be promoted?
- Lambeth Datanet - What is DataNet and what can it do for Lambeth?
- Lambeth Patient Participation Groups (LPPGN) – How can we develop the patient voice in primary care?
Healthwatch Lambeth, with the help of Lambeth resident’s feedback, will continue to monitor the fast moving changes taking place in primary care and how this affects patients and carers. NHS Lambeth CCG’s successful bid to Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund presents an exciting an opportunity to improve access to services at the same time as managing long term conditions. However, the LCCG needs to ensure that the patient voice is present in the shaping of new services.