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Patient Participation Groups (PPG)

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A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is patients working with the 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

Most of our GP practices now have a patient group which allows patients to work with the practice to ensure services are meeting the needs of local patients. The activities of each group are determined by the needs of the community and in consultation with practice staff. Most PPG groups are self-organising and many groups undertake activities that help the GP practice staff.

Patient groups work with the practice to:

  • provide practical support for the practice

  • contribute to the continuous improvement of services

  • is based on co-operation with the practice

  • it works by building a relationship between the practice staff and patients that breaks down barriers to communication

  • it enables the sharing of information

  • It communicates widely throughout the local community

  • It is not a Forum for individual complaints

  • It is not there to work they are told to do - it is about working together

  • the independence of the Patient Group is a major strength

If you are interested in joining a PPG, the first thing to do is to talk to the Practice Manager at your GP Practice. There may already be a group, there may have been one in the past or this may all be new. 

Learn more by visiting National Association for Patient Participation website.

Any further questions? Please contact:

Claire Haynes
Engagement Manager

T: 01332 868 677
E: claire.haynes2@nhs.net

Patient Participation Groups