Bristol to drive down health inequalities through community engagement

Date: 13 May 2014

Category: Services

Bristol CCG pledges to help reduce health inequalities in Bristol


Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has pledged to help make Bristol a place where health inequalities are decreasing.

To achieve this, directors and staff from Bristol CCG will be spending time in the community with local groups and at local services listening to what patients need.

To support the organisation’s pledge there are also a number of opportunities available to CCG staff to shadow GPs and Practice Managers.

Speaking about the shadowing opportunities, Rebecca Robinson, Service Improvement Lead for Bristol CCG, said:

“I’m really pleased that staff from throughout the CCG will get a chance to shadow their GP colleagues. The insight that this will provide is invaluable in allowing staff to directly understand the impact the work of the CCG has on the population of Bristol and on the healthcare community throughout the city.

Bristol CCG has made this pledge as part of NHS Change Day, a nationwide effort to harness the ideas of staff across the NHS to make it the best it can be.

The organisational pledge joins many individual pledges made by staff across Bristol CCG and is just one of the initiatives under way to support Change Day in Bristol.

A number of lunchtime seminars will be taking place from 3 – 7 March for CCG staff and local NHS colleagues. The seminars will ask participants to consider questions such as ‘What is stopping us from using patient feedback effectively?’, ‘How can the GMC and CCGs work in partnership to promote patient safety?’ and ‘What is it like to experience mental health services?’.

Danielle Baker, Service Redesign and Project Manager at Bristol CCG, said:

“The NHS Change Day lunchtime seminars at Bristol CCG are a great opportunity to debate and discuss ideas with colleagues from throughout the CCG. The aim of the seminars is that people take away the seed of an idea that they can give further thought to and share it with their teams in order to implement a positive change in the ways they work.”


Pictured above:

  1. Dr Martin Jones, Chair of Bristol CCG, with the organisational pledge
  2. Participants at the 'What is stopping us from using patient feedback effectively?' lunchtime seminar