Our annual general meeting: 2015-16
Published on Thursday 22 September 2016
The 2015-16 annual general meeting for NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was held yesterday (Wednesday 21 September). It is a legal requirement for all CCGs to hold an AGM every year to present our annual report and accounts. Here in Bolton, the CCG works hard to make the meeting as interactive and engaging as possible for both GP members and local people. The CCG was very pleased at the turnout this year, especially as around half of all those attended were members of the public.
CCG Chairman, Dr Wirin Bhatiani started the event by talking about the CCG's key achievements during 2015-16. This included improvements to mental health care, spending public money wisely, and, of course, the Bolton Quality Contract. This was a new initiative last year that aimed to drive improvements in Bolton's GP practices. The full presentation is now available to view on the CCG website.
This was followed by group discussions, led by a board member on each table. The topics covered were wide ranging and touched on many elements of the CCG’s work. There was lots of positive feedback on all that the CCG achieved last year, together with the borough's GP practices.
Discussion themes included:
- More support and training for carers
- Workforce challenges in general practice
- Availability of over the counter medicines on prescription
- Importance of mental health care
- Our plans to focus more on community based services instead hospital care
- Need for good preventative services
- Shared care records
- Palliative and end of life care
CCG board members found it very useful to hear directly from GPs and local people. Many of the individual comments and stories reinforced the need for the CCG to always try to look at things from a patient’s point of view.
Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting or simply has further feedback to share may do so by contacting the CCG directly.