Get involved

Our job is to ensure the services we plan and buy locally meet the needs of the people of Barking and Dagenham. To do this our decisions are informed by engagement with the local public, our patients and partners. You can get involved in a variety of ways:

  • Get involved with Barking and Dagenham's Patient Engagement Forum or your local GP’s Patient Participation Group
  • Ask a question at our Governing Body meetings
  • Respond to a consultation or an engagement exercise about major changes to local healthcare services
  • Read about how patients and the public have been involved in service planning and design in our Annual Report and on Our Work pages
  • Join the online East London Citizens' Panel
  • Get in touch with your local Healthwatch organisation here.

We are committed to continuously improving our methods for engaging with local residents and stakeholders. You can read our current engagement strategy, which was co-designed with our patients, carers, members of the public and representatives from community and voluntary groups.

A copy of our latest patient and stakeholder update can be found in the download area. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive a copy directly please email


Patient Engagement Forum

Barking and Dagenham CCG has a Patient Engagement Forum (PEF) which provides residents registered with a Barking and Dagenham GP an opportunity to influence decisions about local healthcare. Local clinicians and CCG staff attend the meetings to talk to the group about changes to local NHS services or answer questions about healthcare issues of concern to PEF members.

If you would like to find out more about the Barking and Dagenham CCG PEF, please contact Annie Robertson, Communications and Engagement Manager.

PEF meeting 18 June 2015

Patient Participation Group

A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients interested in health and healthcare issues, who want to get involved with, and support the running of, their own GP Practice.

Contact your GP surgery for more information on how to join and take a look at our leaflet about PPGs and what they do.

Governing Body meetings

Our Governing Body meets in public four or five times a year to make decisions about local health services and how to improve them for the benefit of patients and the public. Patients and members of the public can ask the Governing Body a question about local healthcare and our priorities.

Please contact with your question seven days before the meeting.

East London Citizens' Panel

Join the online East London Citizens’ Panel and help shape local health and care services. Using your phone or computer, you’ll be able to tell us your thoughts on our ideas or proposals, or give feedback and suggestions on health and care issues or topics through short surveys.

Register to join the panel by filling in this short sign-up form.

Page last updated 16 September 2020