Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

Want to find out more about Digital Technology in the NHS and the future of Domiciliary Care in Dorset? We’ve lined up some great speakers on these subjects for our PPG Networking Events in November. Bring your smart phones!

Everyone is welcome at the events, which are also a great opportunity to meet other people with an interest in PPGs. You don’t have to be a member of a PPG.

Morning of Friday 16 November 2018, St Mark’s Church Hall, Wallisdown, Bournemouth
Morning of Saturday 17 November, St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth

You can book your place at these events online.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Good news stories

Feel you could inspire other patient groups? Tell us about the work of your PPG – we’re always looking for good news stories. Most PPGs welcome visitors from other groups at their own meetings so if you’re feeling you have a ‘guest speaker’ in you – get in touch with us at

Get Involved

Crowd in the Cloud – Digital Dorset

Take our survey to tell us how you are using technology to help shape the future of digital Dorset.

We’re also looking to build an online community of people to give us their views on our work which is supporting plans to transform Dorset’s health and care services. All you’ll need is your computer, laptop iPad or phone – we’ll do everything online through email, conference calls and video updates. Contact us at for more information.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Patient Voice Event

Friday 9 November 2018, 10am – 2pm at RBCH.

Email to register your interest in this volunteer recruitment event. You’ll be able to find out more about working together with the hospital to help redesign services which could involve sitting on committees, taking part in surveys and working with project teams.

Free online course – the NHS explained – how the health system in England really works

The King’s Fund offers a free online course (4 weeks, 2 hours per week) for anyone interested in the NHS in England and how it works. This is equally appropriate for staff currently working in health or social care as it is for patients and the general public. Read “The English NHS Explained: How the Health System in England Really Works” to find out more. 


The benefits of having specialist hospitals

In September 2017, having considered a huge amount of feedback from local organisations and members of the public, NHS Dorset CCG made decisions on how care will be delivered in Dorset.

In particular, it was decided that the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital will become a major emergency hospital and Poole Hospital will become a major planned care hospital. Dorset County Hospital will continue to provide emergency and planned services to meet the needs of people living in the west of the county.

A report has been published detailing the benefits of this change to local people which is available via

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Our Patient Engagement Group (PEG) – watch our video to see how we are working with them

Good communication and engagement leads to the delivery of high quality services and to be successful in improving health services we want to include local people. Just one example is the Our Dorset Patient Engagement Group (PEG), a group which acts as a ‘critical friend’ to local health and care services.

The PEG is made up of around 25 people from different background who listen to plans and give feedback to the other organisations. More on the work of the PEG can be found via the Our Dorset website.

StayWell this winter

Find out how to protect yourself, and what to do if you fall ill, with our latest blog on StayWell Dorset.

NHS England

Get up to date with NHS national priorities and find out how to get involved in the work of NHS England. Their website has all the latest information.

NHS Campaigns – Movember

Movember is a month long campaign addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. By 2030 Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.