Patient Participation Group (PPG)

The aim of our Patient Participation Group (PPG) is to:
  • Give health professionals and patients the opportunity to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest.
  • Provide a means for patients to make positive suggestions about the practice and their own health care.
  • Encourage health education activities within the practice.
  • Develop self help projects to meet the needs of fellow patients.

Patient participation group is

Patients working with a practice to:
  • Help themselves and other patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provide practical support for the practice.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of services.
Suited to Patient’s and Practice’s needs:
  • Matching the activities of the group to the needs of the community by consultation between patients and practice staff.
Based on co-operation to:
  • Builds a relationship between practice staff and patients to break down communication barriers.
  • Enables the sharing of information.
  • Provide a springboard for public involvement in wider aspects of the NHS.

Patient participation is not

A forum of complaints:
  • By providing a channel for communication a PPG can help to reduce complaints. Although we can forward concerns in confidence, this is rarely done.

Implementation of a pre-determined agenda (for the government or anybody else):

  • The PPG’s collaboration is its greatest strength. We are informally accountable to all the patients and therefore need to take a balanced view.

If you are interested in signing up to be a PPG member please enquire at reception or download the sign up form and hand it in. For more information please read the PPG Information Pack