NHS St Helens CCG Patient & Public Involvement Governing Body Lay Member

09 Nov 2017

NHS St Helens CCG wishes to recruit a dynamic and motivated Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Lay Member to its Governing Body. The PPI Lay Member is a statutory member of the Governing Body with full voting rights.

This non-executive leadership role is key to ensuring an effective engagement strategy with patients and local communities.

The CCG is a clinically-led organisation and our purpose is to commission high quality services and improve health for its population which is made up from patients registered with our GP Members’ practices.


With regards to public and patient participation the role of the CCG is to:

  • Develop methods of listening to those who use and care about the services we commission.
  • Ensure that patients are able to participate in planning, managing and making decisions about their care and treatment.
  • Promote eff ective participation of the public in the commissioning process.

The successful applicant will be appointed to NHS St Helens CCG Governing Body for two years - extendable for a further one year subject to review. The post will require a commitment of 30 hours on average, (equivalent of 4 days per month).

A full job description and application form can be requested by emailing Angela Delea, Associate Director, Corporate Governance on angela.delea2@sthelensccg.nhs.uk or by telephoning 01744 457380.

Ruth Austen-Vincent is the PPI lay member for NHS Halton CCG and has been working closely with NHS St Helens CCG over the past few months. She explains more:

“Since April 2016 I have been a lay member on NHS Halton CCG with a focus on supporting the engagement and influence of people who use the health services. I have got involved in discussions and project groups around shaping specific services, and supported work that ensures that local people’s views are heard and acted on in relation to developing and changing services, so it is not all meetings. The role does involve receiving papers and attending meetings such as the board, audit committee and quality committee, and ensuring that the views and needs of people from the Borough have been considered when developing or changing how services are delivered.   

If you are passionate about health care services, know St Helens and would like to be involved in shaping the delivery of health care services in St Helens, when admittedly these services are under pressure then please consider this role. There is a commitment in St Helens CCG as in the health care system as a whole, that the voice of people who use the services is developed to influence the changes taking place in recognition of the fact that without this the services will not be as effective. This is why it is important that the CCG has this role in place.”

If you would like an informal chat prior to application, this can be arranged by contacting Ruth.AustenVincent2@haltonccg.nhs.uk.