Patient and public involvement is essential in developing and improving health services in Manchester. The Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG) is made up of local residents and meet on a monthly basis to ensure the MHCC local plans meet the needs of local people.
If you are interested in attending one of our PPAG meetings, or would like information about how to join as a formal member send us an email or call the Engagement Team on 0161 765 4004.
Stephen (Tony Wright)
Stephen Wright is the director of Socio Economic Regeneration CIC, which works with various organisations to develop services for the continuous improvement of disadvantaged communities in Greater Manchester. Stephen creates opportunities for individuals, community groups, and public service providers to learn from each other to develop sustainable partnerships. He uses innovative ways to develop and promote inclusion, independence, and the well-being of residents, supporting and encouraging them not to rely on statutory provision alone. Over 35 years working in the community he has trained, supported and developed workforce and volunteers with skills and the capacity to work in a range of appropriate settings. Stephen has supported various agencies to ensure that individuals are appropriately equipped to work effectively in their chosen fields. He is very passionate about his work and is happy to champion the mission, vision, values and the ethical standards of any organisation which match his own.
Atiha became the Chair of Central Manchester CCG’s Patient and Public Advisory Group in June 2015. In 2016, Atiha was successful in becoming the Chair of the city-wide Patient and Public Advisory Group for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.
As the Director of Equal Access Consultancy which she set up 13 years ago, her areas of specialism include research, consultancy in economic and community regeneration, equality and diversity and the community and voluntary sector. Atiha has lived and worked in Manchester for over 20 years and has, and continues to give much of her time to voluntary and community activity. Atiha is currently undertaking the following roles, to name but a few:
- Chair of the Greater Manchester BME Network
- Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement for NHS Manchester CCG
- Justice of the Peace on the Stockport Bench
- Vice Chair of the Manchester Settlement
- Board Member of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
Colin Bayley has been a member of PPAG since September 2016. He is also the chair of his GP practice Patient Participation group but was eager to discover what else is happening in the rest of Greater Manchester to broader his outlook. Colin’s main interest is in the elderly and he says PPAG has given him the confidence to help these people the best he can. One way he is doing this is through volunteering at Salford Together where he teaches basic computer skills to over 60s. Colin says, “Thanks to PPAG, I am learning all the time and the wealth of knowledge I am gaining is beyond belief!” In his spare time, you may find Colin anywhere throughout Europe. He enjoys traveling to different countries by train and meeting the local people.
Alan Campbell joined PPAG two years ago, eager to learn more about long term health conditions. Alan is a person-centred counsellor and has been awarded the Charity Staff Foundation’s Campaigner of the Year 2016. In his spare time he enjoys simple pleasures such as sitting outside a coffee shop in the summertime watching the world go by.
Davine has been a PPAG member since June 2016. She has a keen interest in BME communities, equality and diversity, carers, older people and mental health.
Tom has been a PPAG member since 2013. He became involved because he wanted to ensure services for people in north Manchester were fit for purpose. A former mental health nurse and crisis councillor, Tom feels he developed a better understanding of caring for patients after being one himself. Tom has a number of conditions, has survived a stroke and brings the experience of the services treating him to the Group. He’s a strong believer in the importance of early intervention and has a particular interest in neurology, mental health and cardio-vascular medicine.
Nikki Jean Pattison
A PPAG member since August 2014, Nikki Jean Pattison first became involved through a desire to utilise her 26 years of NHS experience to benefit others, along with contributing to CCG development. Nikki is a carer for someone with complex long-term conditions and also has an interest in mental health, public health and health and wellbeing. Nikki says that being a member of PPAG allows her to appreciate the changing and challenging circumstances faced by both the NHS workforce and its patients. She enjoys meeting other PPAG members and sharing different ideas and concepts whilst keeping up to date with the changes in the NHS. In her spare time, Nikki loves to cook, tend to her garden and enjoys reading.
Gill has been a PPAG member since March 2016 and has a particular interest in older people, carers, palliative care, Multiple Sclerosis and Continuing Healthcare.
Saira has been a member of PPAG since June 2016. She has a keen interest in carers, BME community, older people, younger people and students.
Martin Rathfelder has been a PPAG member since 2012 and joined to discover how the CCG functioned. His key interest is in public health and he enjoys exchanging ideas and experiences with other PPAG members to broaden his outlook. In his spare time, Martin enjoys writing, cycling, and contributed to a change in law around Disability Living Allowance to help blind people.