Get Involved

We recognise that the people we serve are diverse, with a range of needs and from a range of backgrounds and we want to reflect this in our engagement approach. We offer translation and interpretation services, as required, at our main events alongside our commitment to supporting people to engage and providing information in alternative formats.  If you need information or documents from these pages in another language or in a different format please email

Get Involved in the CCG’s work

We want NHS services to meet the needs of our patients and other local people, it's part of our vision for how we commission services. We want to encourage local patients and their carers to be involved in how services are shaped and improved, and to work alongside us to make changes happen

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You can get involved in a number of ways:

Our Vision

To work with, and for, the people of Brighton and Hove to improve their health and well-being by commissioning services that are high quality, sustainable and value for money.

Why we need you

We need to work with you to make sure we commission the best services for you.   Information from patients about how we can plan and commission services that are easy to get to and helpful to use goes into our plans for new services, and for changing existing services to make them better.  This is such a key part of our work that it's also a legal requirement for us to engage with patients, carers, and members of the public.

How we engage with patients, carers and the public

Patient Participation Groups

Patient Participation Groups help us to engage.  PPGs contribute ideas, feedback and suggestions directly to their practices, and members can also be involved in wider work throughout the city.

Gathering feedback

We also run specific surveys and events to help us gather information and feedback on individual services, and to ask what patients want from new services, or how existing services can improve.

We also collect Equality and Diversity information about the people we connect with, to ensure we are hearing from everyone and treating people equitably.  

Governing Body Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend our Governing Body meetings in public to hear about the CCG’s work.  For dates of future meetings and forthcoming papers, please see our Events page

You can also submit questions to the Governing Body.  Please follow the link for information on how to submit a question.

For past Governing Body papers, please see the Past Events page.

Patient and Public Participation Annual Reports

We report regularly on the work we have done with patients, carers and the public. 

We also report directly to our Patient Participation Groups on Engagement work we have done

Engaging with diverse communities across Brighton and Hove

The CCG jointly commissions voluntary and community sector organisations in the city, jointly with the Local Authority, to reach and hear from groups and communities who are less likely to be involved through our other engagement routes.  These project is known as the “ECHO” project (Engagement with Council and Health Organisations)

These communities are:

  • Older people -  (aged 75+, those who are isolates, those in Senior Housing and Care Homes)
  • Young People aged 16-25
  • Carers and Parent Carers
  • Disabled People
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people
  • Adults with Learning Disabilities (Speak Out hold regular focus groups to gather feedack Click here for more information
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people
  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

We have commissioned this work for a number of years and have a wide range of intelligence and feedback; all reports include recommendations for change, which are tracked for action and impact.  As some of the case studies in the reports may mean that members of these communities are identifiable, we do not make the reports publicly available; however, they can be shared on request, and they are used to inform our planning and commissioning work.

See the table below for a list of our ECHO reports and an example of an ECHO project set around the NHS Long Term Plan.

Download Engagement with Council and Health Organisations (ECHO) NHS Long Term Plan summary report

More information

You can find out more about how we communicate and engage with patients, carers and the public from our Communications and Engagement Strategy.

What we do next

With information from PPGs and consultations, and from other sources, we make plans for what we will commission and how. To find out more about how we make decisions, please check the Our Governing Body page.

Health Network Newsletters

ECHO Report Topics List

The ECHO Report Topics List is for sharing with patients and the public.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact us.