The Network was originally formed in December 2011 and was, even then well ahead of its time. It reflected the vision and leadership of patients and practice staff across Lambeth who believed that patients in general practice, should have a voice and be able to share their experiences.
Since then, the Network has grown and become an independent organisation supporting Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) throughout Lambeth. The Network’s vision is for a unified and representative patient voice that helps to shape the development of primary care in Lambeth.
Its focus is on supporting its members, the 43 practices, so that they can in turn support their local populations – around 370,000 registered patients living in Lambeth.
The Network brings together PPGs and represents the interests of patients, in the key decision making forums that are responsible for the development, provision and delivery of Lambeth’s primary care services, such as at the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCG) Primary Care Sub-Committee and Community Based Care Board meetings; the Engagement, Equalities and Communications Committee; Lambeth Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the Local Care Networks.
The Network supports PPGs by…
- Hosting regular Network-wide meetings where members can share good practice discuss and understand issues and have an opportunity to question commissioners and service providers.
- Circulating regular newsletters and sharing invitations to events, forums and public meetings and representing patients at local primary care development meetings and events
- Collating and raising common issues and concerns through the locality networks, and Lambeth CCG.
Our Board is made up of PPG members who bring a diverse range of skills, experience, patient focused understanding and interest to the organisation and running of the charity.
Sandra is currently the chair of the Valley Road PPG and became chair of the Network’s board in December 2015… Sandra has worked within and supported the voluntary and community sector for most of her working life and currently works part time for a well known grant funder. Her background in strategic planning and working with both statutory and non-statutory providers adds to her understanding of the primary care landscape.
Patricia Ross is a retired community worker who worked for many years supporting voluntary organisations with their financial management. She brings her experience as a treasurer of voluntary organisations and of her local Unison branch. She has an understanding of managing an organisation’s finances, which will not only enhance the work of the board but provide us with financial guidance.
Elaine Fogg is a freelance journalist and published reporter, who has been a member of her PPG for two years. For the past 18 months she has been a regular member of the Network’s Communications sub group and has been instrumental in developing, producing and editing LPPGNews, the bi-monthly newsletter.
Nicola has been an active and visible member of the Network since its earliest inception in 2011. She is the chair of her PPG (Clapham Park) and Co Vice-Chair of the Network’s board. Nicola is a retired NHS worker who has always been an active within the community, including being part of the Lambeth LiNK (Healtwatch’s predecessor), a vocal member of the Southwark & Lambeth Strategic Partnership and Citizen’s Forum.
Gareth Julian is a barrister, with a wide range of experience of being a committee member both locally and overseas and is keen for PPGs to understand and focus on the reality of the financial constraints being faced within the health sector and how they can assist and support clinicians and commissioners.
Priscilla Baines is a retired parliamentary official, and chair of Hurley Clinic Patient Participation Group (PPG). She became involved with her own PPG about seven years ago, initially out of interest, but having had experience of caring for an elderly relative and managing both visual and hearing impairments, understood at first hand some of the issues and concerns patients faced, but seemed unable to do anything about.
Sharon Hudswell works in the NHS and has been a PPG member for a number of years. She has a passion for partnership working, making sure patients have a say in the decisions relating to their health. Sharon works with people with long term conditions, empowering them to take control and play an active role in their health and wellbeing.
Wai Ha Lam
Wai Ha is the Development Officer for the Lambeth PPG Network. Her main role is to support PPGs and practices to develop their PPGs. She has been with the Network from the start. Wai Ha has been a community worker for over 30 years in various supportive sectors.
Cheryl is the Networks Communications and Operational Support Officer. Her role includes supporting the board, providing administrative support at meetings and events, supporting the work of the Development Office, maintaining the Network office and responsible for producing the Networks’ communications.