Message from the PPG Chair :
"I am the new Chair of Liquorpond Surgery PPG. I would like to thank my predecessor as Chair, Mr Alan Pickering, for his commitment and hard work in this new venture for Liquorpond Surgery. I would like to thank our first Chairman, Gordon Allen, for his leadership of the PPG Committee.
It was decided by the PPG that the Chair should hold office for a year rather than three as some PPGs do and Mr Ian McCreary has now kindly volunteered to be Vice Chair.
On the 10th February 2017, the Care Quality Commission (NHS England Inspectorate) gave their overall rating of Liquorpond Surgery as 'Good'. Several of us on the PPG met the head of the inspection team to answer the inspector's questions and to raise issues of interest to patients. One of them was the need to recruit new GPs, and the Partners have successfully recruited two new doctors in October. We welcome them to the Surgery and this historic borough and town.
The present government and main opposition parties support PPGs in England and, as GPs are closest to patients as usually the first contact, it was decided for accountability and co-operative reasons to create PPGs, especially as, for the first time, it was GPs, not Hospital Doctors, who were going to be given the largest chunk of taxpayers money to pay for NHS England. Some practices instead have 'Virtual PPGs'. While this is useful, we think face to face contact between PPGs and GPs and other professionals at the Surgery is superior. It also allows the Liquorpond PPG being represented on the Patient Council of the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commission Group (LECCG), the largest of the four 'clusters' in Lincolnshire, covering Boston & Skegness and East Lindsey. It is chaired by a lay person, who happens to be a former councillor on Boston Borough Council. The Medical Director of LECCG attends our quarterly meetings. Some may question the value of Clinical Commissioning Groups, but they are now responsible for commissioning services and, if things do not turn out as well as expected, then direct feedback can and is given by Chairs and Vice Chairs of PPGs directly to decision makers, such as the changes to optical health provision.
The LECCG has suggested that the Boston Local Cluster of surgeries PPG Chairs and Vice Chairs also should meet together that we have agreed in principle to share and discuss mutual concerns, bearing in mind to that unnecessary bureaucracy waste money and time.
Both the Practice and the PPG see co-operation as one reason why Liquorpond was rated as 'Good' by the CQC Inspectors.
As a former twice elected NHS Foundation Trust Governor for the Borough of Boston and as someone who is grateful to the medical profession, particularly when I was a child and from my fifties onwards, I was naturally interested when our PPG was set up, but we do need more people to join us! The PPG committee meets quarterly for just an hour on a Thursday evening.
You are welcome to attend our meetings. Please give it a go!
PETER DORR January 2018"
Other news :
The next face-to-face meeting of the Liquorpond Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) is scheduled to be held at the surgery at 7.30pm on 6 December 2018.
If you would like to join the Liquorpond PPG, please complete one of the sign-up forms on the 'Join Our Patient Participation Group' tab.
Links to copies of the minutes of previous meetings are provided below :
PPG Meeting Minutes (07 Sep 2017)
PPG Meeting Minutes (07 Dec 2017)
PPG Meeting Minutes (08 Mar 2018)
PPG Meeting Minutes (07 Jun 2018)