Two opportunities this May for the public to get involved in local healthcare

2019-05-03T13:35:45+01:003rd May 2019|Latest news|

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is holding two important meetings in public this month and the public is invited to attend.

HMR CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting is on Friday 10 May. Held quarterly, these meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about the commissioning of GP services in the Rochdale borough.

At the May meeting the agenda will include updates on primary care finance; GP contracts 2019/20; and the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Academy. Transformation of health and social care in the Rochdale borough will also be discussed.

The Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting takes place as follows:
Date: 10 May 2019
Time: 12-1.30pm
Venue: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

Also taking place this month is the CCG’s Governing Body meeting and this will be held at Rochdale Town Hall in a change from its usual venue, Number One Riverside. The bi-monthly Governing Body meetings are where official business is discussed and formal decisions are made about everything from policies to which health services will be commissioned.

At this meeting the appointment of the HMR CCG Chair 2019-2022, Dr Chris Duffy will be ratified. CCG business including finance and the annual report are on the agenda, and board members will also hear updates on the work of various CCG committees.

The Governing Body meeting takes place as follows:
Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall

Public questions are welcome at both meetings and can either be submitted through the website on the Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting page here and Governing Body page here , or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of each meeting.

Members of the public attending the Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting are asked to report to reception on arrival at Number One Riverside. Those attending the Governing Body meeting are asked to report to Rochdale Town Hall reception. Anyone with a disability or any additional needs and requires assistance at either meeting is asked to please inform our Corporate Affairs and Governance Manager of their requirements in advance by emailing

It is requested that anyone submitting questions in advance of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Governing Body meetings does so at least 24 hours before the meetings commence. This will allow sufficient time for the question to be picked up and processed, before the meeting takes place. We would also ask people who have questions to ask to arrive half an hour before the meeting begins, so we are able to accurately capture the question as well as contact details to ensure a full response is provided.

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of NHS HMR CCG, said: “Our Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Governing Body meetings are great opportunities for residents to see for themselves how we plan and purchase health services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and we encourage local people to attend. Public questions are an important part of our meetings and I’d urge anyone with a question to submit it and we can respond.

“If you can’t make it to the meetings, follow us on Twitter @NHSHMR for live tweets giving an overview of items being discussed and decisions made.”

The agendas and papers for the meetings, responses to previous public questions and meeting schedules can also be found on the Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee pages of our website.