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                                      Woodlands Family Medical Centre


               Notes of a meeting of WPPG held on Monday 23rd Apr 2018



Doug (DL) - Chairman

Mrs Sharon Leonard (SL) – Practice Manager

Christine (CD)

Anne (AH)

Ms Emma Parke Diabetes UK (EP)

Mike (MR)

Sister Allyson Robinson (AR)

Sister Julie Berriman (JB)

Sister Catherine Tawse (CT)

Ian (IK)

Jennifer (JW)

Ms Michelle Marshall (MM) - Deputy Practice Manager

Elizabeth (EB) - Vice Chairperson



Andrew (AP)



Naseem (NA)



Derek (DB)


Minutes of the last meeting:

The minutes were accepted as being a true record.


Updates of outstanding Action points:

AP112 Post out copies of the Healthwatch Stockton Independent Complaints Advocacy Service Information Packs to AH, IK & AP (DL / MM) Packs sent out - CLOSED


AP113 – All members to think about how WPPG could promote diabetes awareness (ALL) – All members shared their thoughts etc. - CLOSED.

AP114 – MR to attempt to contact Diabetic UK, something he had previously done without success (MR) – Contact made with EP - CLOSED.


AP115 – SL to not only invite one of the diabetic nurses to our next meeting (was to be March 5th) but also discuss this project with a rep that she’s meeting in the next few days to see if they could offer any assistance (SL) – Arranged - CLOSED.


AP116  - All members actioned to not only think about what should be in the next newsletter but also report back to the group at the next meeting (ALL) – All members shared their thoughts etc. - CLOSED.


Planned Business:

Diabetic awareness project (MR)

MR started by stating that type 2 diabetes is increasing and as such he thought that the group should be involved, at the practice level, with Diabetic awareness week – something all attending members agreed with.

He then went on to say that 10% of the total NHS budget is spent on this condition (approx. 10% for type 1 and 90% for type 2) and therefore any way in which we could promote awareness must help.

He then introduced Ms. Emma Parke and she gave an overview of her role with diabetes UK. She also stated that she would be able to not only assist with the supply of literature for both display and or distribution but should be able to have a volunteer to attend one day (June 14) to talk to patients.

CD stated that she had identified an online site ‘know your risk’ this site was very easy to use and it didn’t require any personal details.

IK then explained he had ‘experience’ in a similar venture and had sadly found limited success at a surgery level but found schools / celebrities / politicians were a better way to promote such projects.

MR stated that if nothing else was gained this topic had a least got group members talking / thinking about diabetes, so hopefully we could experience a similar result during the awareness week.

MR then asked for 3 volunteers to remain, after the main meeting, in order to discuss / decide on what was required from EP, this was readily agreed by EB, CD & JW. DL also remained.

AP 117 MR to write to SL to not only confirm the quantities of promotion material required but also who she thought (and when) should set up everything up ready for Monday June11th.

AP 118 MR to contact EP with a ‘wish list’ of our requirements e.g. number of posters etc.     


Newsletter items (ALL)

All members in attendance believed that the newsletter should primarily focus on the diabetic awareness week. AP 119 DL to compile a draft newsletter.


Practice Accommodation / Information:

SL announced that she would be only working a three day week from August, the remaining days would be covered by extending the roles of BB & MM.


Any Other business:

On a lighter note DL mention that he’d received a reply to his email of April 2015 from Dr Harley. In this reply Dr Harley stated that he didn’t know how he had the time to go to work but more importantly he wanted to thank WPPG for not only their best wishes but also their commitment to the patient group.


Meeting closed at 2:50 pm

The next meeting will be held on Monday 4th June 2018 at 1.30pm