Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Committee (PPCE)

What is the group?

The role of the Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Committee is to examine and review the various engagement activities, associated processes and governance arrangements of NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.

This Committee includes, patient representatives, public representatives as well some from key Voluntary and Community Sector partners such as Healthwatch County Durham, Durham Community Action and the Durham County Council Area Action Partnerships. You can find the full terms of reference for the committee on the link included and at the bottom of this page. Please note, this is NOT a public meeting.

Meeting information

The Patient Public and Carer Engagement Committee holds 12 meetings a year, one each month. These alternate between a ‘formal’ meeting and ‘development sessions’ every other month. The agendas for the meetings can be found below:

Formal meetings – April 2018, June 2018, August 2018,  October 2018December 2018, February 2019, April 2019, June 2019, August 2019, October 2019, December 2019,

Development sessions – May 2018July 2018September 2018November 2018January 2019, March 2019, May 2019, July 2019 – Cancelled, September 2019, November 2019, January 2020

Could you be a Patient Representative? 

Be part of the future of the NHS:

  • Can you represent patients and give them a voice?
  • Can you contribute to engagement work about local health services?

At the end of 2016 we undertook the last round of applications for the North Durham CCG Appointed (public) members of our PPCE. The duration of these positions is for 3 years with new applications being taken around September 2019 (to commence from April 2020). Following the completion of our current Appointed (public) members tenure, there will be three positions for Appointed (public) members which we will be recruiting to. These positions exist to help represent the MyNHS membership in North Durham.

The membership scheme is a way for people of North Durham to stay up to date with what is happening locally with health service decision making

Update: Due to the application to merge the two CCGs in County Durham from April 2020 being successful, this recruitment process is currently on hold as we work through the requirements for bringing together our engagement arrangements.


What is the role?

The role is a strategic position which will be part of the NHS North Durham CCG PPCE Committee. A full description of the role is available to view here. Appointed (public) members will be responsible for representing the views and experiences of the wider patient and public population in North Durham and feeding back decisions made by the Governing Body to local patients and carers.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for local people who have used local health services to ensure the voice of local patients, public members and carers is considered by North Durham CCG at all stages of their decision making relating to local health services.

We are also particularly keen on ensuring that the views and experience of the broadest possible range of our patients and residents are able to be effectively represented in the discussions. Ideally you should have the ability to listen to other people’s perspectives and have effective team skills. Please note you must be aged at least 18 years old.

Useful Documents

For more information contact: Daniel Blagdon, Engagement Lead on or 07775 508 260