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​We want local people to apply to join our Public Reference Group

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What is NHS Lewisham CCG?

We are part of the NHS in partnership with Lewisham Council we plan and buy (commission) health and social care services for people in the borough of Lewisham. This includes hospital services, GP practices, mental health services and community care. Our role is to use the money available to meet the needs of the people living in Lewisham in the best possible way. To do this we need to talk to and involve local people. 

What is the Public Reference Group (PRG)?

The PRG is one important way that we involve local people. They are a group of Lewisham residents, people that work in the borough and/or those that have accessed Lewisham health services.

The PRG has an essential role in making sure public involvement is at the heart of commissioning decisions. They act as a mediating voice between the public and the CCG. We want local people to apply to join our PRG. Members are paid for their time and are recruited for three year terms.


PRG the story so far

Hear from the PRG members

Public Reference Group members


To join the PRG you must either:

  • Live in Lewisham
  • Work within the Health care sector in Lewisham
  • Have experience of Health care services in Lewisham
  • Care for someone who lives in Lewisham

All members must be committed to helping Lewisham CCG improve health services for all local people and have the flexible availability required to contribute to the group.

Who is the Public Reference Group for?

Within our PRG we would like to reflect the diversity of people living in Lewisham. We welcome all applicants that meet the criteria regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

Hear from one of our members, Linda Killick said: "I applied to be a member of the PRG because I have been a carer; my career involved working with children and I am very interested in all aspects of their welfare. Through the PRG I have met a varied group of people with many different experiences and expertise. I enjoy being with them and listening to their ideas and concerns.

"Several members of the CCG have spoken to us and I have had the opportunity to attend a range of interesting and stimulating health-related events. Representing the CCG at Lewisham People's Day and the Phoenix Festival was hard work and fun.

"The atmosphere in meetings is lively, involving and respectful of other people's needs and opinions. I think we will be able to have some effect and influence on decision making within the CCG."

The group developed terms of reference which were approved by the Public Engagement and Equalities Forum - view the terms of reference

When will meetings take place?

Meetings take place every six weeks with potential for additional smaller group meetings. Meetings are scheduled to be no longer than three hours. A total of at least five hours commitment per month is expected of all members, this includes meeting attendance, time to read documents in preparation of meetings and other tasks.

What are the benefits for me?

  • You will have an opportunity to have your say on health services in the borough, in a capacity that enables you to influence the CCG.
  • Being a member is good for your CV. You will gain committee type experience, and have an opportunity to develop relevant skills like group facilitation, chairing and secretarial duties like minute taking. 
  • Members will be supported to take part - there will be an induction and other training and development opportunities arranged by the CCG. You may also have the opportunity to take part in a range of accredited training courses arranged by NHS England.
  • You will be paid for your time to attend meetings and training. You will need to make sure that incentive payments received do not affect any benefits, tax or national insurance payments or contributions.
If you require any additional support to take part in the group we will do all that we reasonably can to provide this. For example if you require a discussion with staff before a meeting to help you prepare, easyread information or a language or sign language interpreter.

The closing date for application forms to be returned is 12pm (noon) on 31 July 2018

Interviews will be held during two dates: 21 June 2018 and early August 2018.


You can download the application pack here. Or if you would like more information or an application pack please call Teresa Rodriguez on 020 3049 3208 or email