Around 80 people attend first AGM

Our first annual meeting saw more than 80 people attend Tuesday's AGM at the Whitehouse Hotel, in Wellington. The event took a look back at our achievements over the past 12 months and celebrated patient involvement.

Mark Dillarstone, from respiratory support group Breatheasy, spoke about his experiences in working with the CCG to improve the support available to local people, while Chris Choudray, Chair of the patient Health Round Table, talked about how far they have come as a group, with representation at every board meeting - sitting round the table as equals. A short film was premiered which featured members of the Health Roundtable talking about some of the key projects they have led such as creating the Care with Confidence brand, designing easy to understand literature on NHS Rights and Responsibilities and providing a voice for carers.

Chair Mike Innes marked the launch of our Care with Confidence awards by presenting the patient Health Roundtable with an award to recognise its outstanding contribution.

Following a review of the CCGs' financial position a lively question and answer session followed. People had the option to put questions directly, or submit their questions earlier on 'Graffiti Boards'. Issues ranged from the resdesign of hospital services and health care for the homeless, through to the prescribing of viagra! All were comprehensively answered by a panel of experts including, Chief Officer David Evans, Andrew Nash Chief Finance Officer, Chair Mike Innes and Roundtable Chair, Chris Choudray.

Details of our Care with Confidence awards scheme will be announced soon and shared on our website.