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Role of Patient and public involvement (PPI) committee

The role of our PPI Committee is to provide assurance to our board that there is meaningful participation in the business of the organisation from patients, carers, families and members of the public across the locality. Its role also includes the review of strategies and proposals to offer views from patients' perspectives. Our participation strategy was developed in parternship with the PPIC and they have recently influenced the strategy refresh.

The PPI Committee has: discussed all consultation proposals, prior to launch,to input into and influence plans for communications and engagement and the proposals themselves; they have received regular updates on service redesign and procurement with an opportunity to find out and question patient involvement in the process; they bring feedback and updates from and to their locality networks to enhance communication with local people and groups.

The proposals previously have included our ‘Let’s Talk’ consultation where the PPI committee supported and helped to facilitate public meetings, ensuring that local people had an opportunity to participate.

The committee also recently had a presentation and discussion on health inequalities led by a consultant in public health– increasing the knowledge of the committee and the understanding of what factors are involved and impact on life expectancy and health outcomes of the local population. This information can also be used to inform involvement.  The presentation is here


Patient representatives

The committee is made up of two patient representatives from each of our four localities, a Healthwatch Hertfordshire representative, and a board GP.  The committee is chaired by our lay representative, Alison Gardner (who has responsibility for PPI) and is joined by Juliet Rodgers, as executive lead.

A patient member of the committee also sits on our board as a patient  delegate – currently this role is shared by two members, John Wigley and Jill Ainsworth-Beardmore.

During the last few months the PPI Committee has had the opportunity to offer views on:

  • Adult community services procurement
  • Urgent care consultation
  • Participation strategy
  • Quality, innovation, productivity, prevention (QIPP) and transformation programme
  • 360 stakeholder survey results
  • Improvement and assessment framework
  • Choice
  • Patient stories
  • Hospital site proposals and engagement
  • Patient reports and updates from our four localities

Our current patient representatives are: 

PPIC member



Gavin Ross


St Albans and Harpenden

Colin Barry


Watford and Three Rivers

Robert Hillyard






John Wigley

Chair of patient group

St Albans and Harpenden

Brian Gunson

Healthwatch Hertfordshire


Alison Gardner

Lay member (chair)

West Herts

Jill Ainsworth-Beardmore



Alex Hickinbotham


St Albans and Harpenden

Diane Eaton


Watford and Three Rivers

Madeleine Donohue



Kevin Minier

Chair of patient group




PPI Committee work plan

The PPI Committee, as with all board committees, has a work plan which schedules in participation and development updates and information on procurements, plans for local hospital sites, service redesigns and our NHS providers participation activities. 

The work plan, which is constantly updated, is available here.

For more information contact Heather Aylward.

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PPI Committe Meeting Minutes - 2018/19 

PPI approved minutes 2017 12 13

PPI approved minutes 2018 02 07

PPI approved minutes 2018 04 18

PPI approved minutes 2018 06 20

PPI approved minutes 2018 09 19

PPI approved minutes 2018 11 08

PPI approved minutes 2019 01 23

PPI approved minutes 2019 02 20

PPI approved minutes 2019 05 15

PPI approved minutes 2019 07 17

PPI approved minutes 2019 09 18

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