Have your say on health – Governing Body Meeting and Listening Post

22 November 2017

All are invited to join NHS professionals in finding out about plans for local healthcare services

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which plans, buys and delivers a number of healthcare services for local residents is holding its Governing Body meeting at 9.30am on Thursday, 30 November at the Council Chambers, Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU. Please get in touch if you plan to attend and if you have any questions which must be tabled in advance and sent to dgs.ccg@nhs.net or posted to:


NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

2nd Floor, Gravesham Civic Centre

Windmill Street

Gravesend, DA12 1AU

Alternatively, you can reach the CCG on 03000 424 903. 

No questions were raised from the public relating to items on the agenda at the last public Governing Body meeting.

Papers will appear here shortly: https://www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk/about-dgs/meetings/governing-body-meeting-papers/

Come to our Listening Post

An informal Listening Post session for comments or questions from members of the public will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 November at the Council Chambers, Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU where there will be an opportunity to discuss any queries with key members of the board.

Themes raised by attendees at our previous listening posts included:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Diabetes
  • Transport

Depending on the nature and level of detail provided, the CCG may not be able to answer all questions in full on the day of the listening post, however each query is passed on to the relevant lead and responded to in a timely way. Where appropriate, listening post responses are posted on the CCG website for everyone’s information.

Your feedback is important and valuable so, if you have an interest in local health, it is worth getting involved.

The CCG hopes to see you there!


Further information:

  1. Governing body meetings are held jointly with NHS Swale CCG.
  2. NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) CCG covers a population of around 265,000 and plans services that meet the needs of local people by engaging and involving patients, the public and other key partners in health to make sure safe and high quality services are provided at the right place and right time at every stage of life.
  3. DGS CCG’s governing body is made up of local GPs, other health professionals and lay members who work closely with partners in health and social care across Kent and Medway.
  4. You can have a say in local services by subscribing to the CCG’s patient newsletters, joining the Health Network, attending the local listening posts at public meetings and having your say through surveys and consultations.
  5. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and purchasing NHS-funded healthcare. This includes hospital services, mental health and community health services, ambulance and out of hours GP services. CCGs are led by local GPs, as member practices.
  6. Under primary care co-commissioning arrangements, some CCGs (including NHS DGS CCG) are now responsible for arranging certain GP services jointly with NHS England, which is the body that leads the NHS in England and sets the overall direction and priorities for the NHS as a whole. These arrangements are designed to support the development of integrated out-of-hospital services based around the needs of local people. More details can be viewed on the NHS England website.
  7. GP services and Pharmacy services are arranged by NHS England through contracts to provide services such as advice, consultations, examinations and treatments.