Influence Panel

Influence Panel

The Influence Panel is a group of people who help to make sure local health services are suitable for the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

The Panel meets monthly to help shape and review projects commissioned by the CCG. It is made up of people who:

  • Want to have an input regarding local health services.
  • Are able to work as a team to deliver constructive feedback.
  • Understand the importance of citizen participation.
  • Are able to commit to one training session and two hours each month.

We look to recruit for this Panel annually in March. To join the Panel, visit

Recent Influence Panel meetings

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May 2019 - Influence Panel development

Following a successful recruitment to the Panel which saw its numbers grow significantly, a session was held to look at how the Panel would be run in future.

Panel members agreed the format and a couple of small changes were made, including a new way of feeding back to the Panel using a ‘three key recommendations’ method and commitments were made by the CCG to plan topics for the Panel well in advance.

Suggestions to limit the number of people able to attend meetings were discussed and dismissed by the Panel members.

Download the full feedback report Influence Panel report May 19 (pdf | 0.3 MB)

March 2019 - Improvement and assessment framework

The CCG was in the process of completing its self-assessment for the NHS England improvement and assessment framework for engagement, in which it was required to supply evidence against a number of criteria to demonstrate it was meeting its duty to involve the public in NHS decision-making.

The Panel commented on the submission in its current stage and provided additional information, with comments used to help shape the final submission.

Download the full feedback report Influence Panel report 7 March 19 (pdf | 0.1 MB)

January 2019 - Communications and engagement strategy

While work was ongoing to develop a Fylde Coast communications and engagement strategy for the Fylde Coast CCGs, public groups were asked how they felt communications and engagement could be improved across the area.

Suggestions made by the group were noted down and included as part of the strategy, which will shape communications and engagement activity throughout the next two years.

Download the full feedback report Influence Panel Report - January 2019 (pdf | 0.3 MB)

November 2018 - Neighbourhood development plan survey

The Panel was asked to help in the development of a survey aimed at understanding how people feel about the areas in which they live.

Feedback was taken on the survey and used to make sure it was right before it was launched to the public.

Download the full feedback report Influence Panel Report - November 2018 (pdf | 0.1 MB)

October 2018 - Clinical pathway development

The Influence Panel was asked to help inform the development of an engagement mechanism for plans to develop a host of new pathways for various health conditions to improve the patient journey from diagnosis to treatment.

The Panel suggested that the patient voice should be heard throughout the entire process, starting at the very top with the overall strategy group. As a result, two members of the Influence Panel now represent the patient voice at this level of this work.

Download the full feedback report Influence Panel Report - October 2018 (pdf | 0.3 MB)

September 2018 - Joint website development

As part of the development of a new joint Fylde Coast CCGs website, the Influence Panel was asked to provide feedback on the existing websites and a ‘beta’ version of the new website which was under development.

The Panel endorsed plans to create a joint website and also strongly approved the new layout in the website that was under development.

Download the full report Influence Panel report Sept 2018 (docx | 33 KB)

June 2018 - Equality and Delivery System (EDS)

The Influence Panel helped the CCG in its annual equality and delivery system (EDS) grading assessment, which helps the organisation ensure it is adequately considering the needs of all members of the community when making its decisions.

Panel members gave suggestions on the types of evidence they felt would help make sure the EDS grading provided an accurate picture of the work being done by the CCG.

Download the full report Influence Panel Report - June 2018 (pdf | 0.5 MB)

May 2018 - Extended GP Access

The Influence Panel took part in an evaluation exercise by students from the Lancaster University business school around the extended GP access service who were investigating why the service had been under-utilised.

While Panel members said they felt the service was good, some were at a disadvantage to the geography of the area. Members also felt the service had not been publicised well enough as many people did not know it existed.

Download the full report Influence Panel Report - May 2018 (pdf | 0.3 MB)

April 2018 - Annual report

Following the previous discussions around the CCG’s annual report, a number of alternative annual report documents and layouts from across the country were presented to the Panel so the CCG could pick the best design for its next publication. They were also given a first look at some of the content.

The Panel gave recommendations on its favoured design options and members expressed they were happy at the development of an executive summary and the inclusion of more ‘review of the year’ items within the annual report.

Download the full report Influence Panel Report - April 2018 (pdf | 0.5 MB)

February 2018 - Annual reporting and review of the year

The CCG asked the Panel to look at its annual report and review of the year documents and provide comments on their content and appearance.

The Panel provided a number of suggestions for improvements including the need for an ‘executive summary’ of the annual report, which is very long and complex.

Download the full report Influence Panel Report - February 2018 (pdf | 0.5 MB)

Last updated on 9 July 2019 at 16:58 by senior communications and engagement officer