Jim also met with NHS colleagues to discuss a digital project Weymouth & Portland PPGs have been supporting. They have been working to promote a blood pressure monitoring app locally, with the aim to identify people who have not been diagnosed with hypertension along with those who are known to have high blood pressure.
Gill went along to the October meeting of Penny’s Hill PPG in Ferndown – the group was relaunched nearly a year ago and is really going from strength to strength! This time the meeting discussed the practice’s new system for flu clinics, the GP survey results, and the community transport group, as well as a really useful and informative practice update.
We were invited by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to participate in a steering group meeting for a new project they’re developing called ‘Nature Buddies’. The aim is to encourage more people to get outside and enjoy the natural environment, and PPGs will have the opportunity to be involved with the project in the future. NHS Dorset is taking part in a pilot project to have Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) reviewed by the CQC, and as part of this Jim and Gill actively participated in a focus group on how the ICS engages with the public and its partners.
Outside of work Jim and his wife spent a rather wet and windy day in Salisbury, despite the weather they had a great time taking in the sights, they’d like to spend more time there when the weather improves.