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NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the organisation which plans and buys most local health services – is inviting local people to join one of two Big Conversation workshops on Thursday 22 March 2018.

At the workshops, local people will have the opportunity to learn more about the local NHS, give their feedback on health services and play a key role in designing the organisation’s clinical commissioning strategy for the future.

The aim of the workshops are to hear directly from residents about the NHS services that they use, including what is working well and what could be improved. Local people will also have the opportunity to work directly with NHS commissioners to plan NHS services that are fit for the future together. 

At the Big Conversation events, NHS Greenwich CCG wants to ask you about:
Urgent and emergency care services, including 111, the hospital-based urgent care centres and community services such as district nursing, health visiting, and other specialist community based services.  The current system is under increasing pressure, and we need to ensure patients get safe and effective care whenever they need it, where they need it.

Prevention and living well services, which help people manage any conditions they have in a way that puts them in control and improves their quality of life. This includes self-care, which is about avoiding becoming ill, treating common illnesses at home and seeking help when needed.

Primary care services, which include GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists.

Planned care, which is the name the NHS gives to health services and treatments that are not because of a health accident or emergency. This type of care is arranged in advance and usually follows a referral from a GP.

Mental health and learning disabilities; Mental health has equal priority with physical health, and this means ensuring people with mental ill health, learning disability and dementia receive safe, appropriate and high quality care. Mental health services also focus on early intervention, and achieving positive outcomes and independence for patients.

NHS Greenwich CCG will be running two Greenwich Big Conversation workshops on Thursday 22 March at the Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, SE18 6ES.

Workshop one: 15.00 – 16:50 
Workshop two: 17:10 – 19:00 

To register, please visit and search for ‘Greenwich Big Conversation’. 

Both workshops will cover the same agenda, so please register for the time which suits you best.

There are good transport links within walking distance, including Woolwich Arsenal train and DLR station and many local bus routes. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact on or 0203 049 9191.

Dr Ellen Wright, a local GP and chair of NHS Greenwich CCG, said: 

"We are committed to making sure that patients and the public have the chance to get involved in shaping local health services and give us their feedback and opinions. Events like the Big Conversation workshops mean that we can ensure that health services in Greenwich are developed with and for the local community.”