Our Engagement Structure


Patient and public participation is at the very heart of the way Corby Clinical Commissioning Group operates, starting at the front line of healthcare. Direct engagement with the wider Corby community feeds into this structure and ultimately into the decisions made by the CCG’s Governing Body.

Corby Patient and Public Engagement Structure v2

Patient Participation Groups provide a patient voice in each of Corby’s five GP practices. Through their Chairs, their views and experiences are fed into the work of the CCG.

Patient Participation Group Chairs meet regularly with the CCG to have input into a wide range of issues.

The Patient and Public Participation Committee is a sub-committee of the Corby CCG Governing Body and so reports directly to it. Chaired by lay member Tansi Harper, the committee’s primary role is to ensure that the CCG is meeting its public engagement obligations. Members include the Chairs of Corby’s PPGs, GPs and CCG officers. Other invitees include representatives from HealthWatch, Northamptonshire Carers, Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and the police, and a youth ambassador. The committee receives reports on CCG engagement activity and its impact. It works closely with the PPPC for Nene CCG, through regular combined meetings.

The Patient Reference Group is open to any Corby resident who wants to have a regular say about the local NHS. It provides a useful sounding board for the CCG, providing members for focus groups and other engagement activity. 

Corby Health and Wellbeing Forum is a partnership of a wide range of organisations committed to enhancing the life of people in Corby – including the CCG, local council, public health, police and voluntary sector, plus the Chairs of Corby’s PPGs.

The Governing Body is the main decision-making group for the CCG. It is made up of local GPs, senior CCG officers and lay members. The Chair of Northamptonshire HealthWatch and county’s Director of Public Health also attend.

Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board enables key leaders from across Northamptonshire to work together, to identify and address the health needs of local people – in particular, to tackle health inequalities. Members include councillors and council officers (including public health) and senior representatives from the University of Northampton, police, HealthWatch, the voluntary sector and local NHS, including Corby CCG.

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership is an alliance of local NHS and other organisations (including Corby CCG) working together to deliver systematic improvement, so that local care services are high-quality, sustainable and meeting the needs of local people.  

How We Support our Patient Leaders

Corby CCG supports patient leaders within our formal structures to be actively involved in the design and procurement of services. In 2018 this support included:

A full-day Patient and Public Engagement Essentials Workshop, also attended by CCG staff to improve their knowledge and expertise in patient and public engagement. The day included sessions on:

  • What we mean by engagement and consultation
  • The principles of good engagement – why, when, how and with whom
  • How the consideration of equality is linked with and supports engagement
  • Engagement processes

Patient Leadership Programme for Northamptonshire, hosted by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). This free two-day course aimed to give patient leaders the confidence and skills to contribute to and influence local NHS decisions:

  • Understanding approaches, theories and measurements for patient safety and healthcare improvement
  • Acquiring the knowledge, skills and confidence required to impact positively on overview and scrutiny roles
  • Exploring behaviours and techniques – including effective communication, negotiating and influencing skills, to be effective champions for patient safety and improvement
  • Testing out different learning methods and approaches, to put that learning into practice

Last updated: 27/06/2019