Patient Participation Group
The first Patient Participation Group was set up by a GP in 1972 and many General Practices in England now have a PPG. Generally made up of a group of volunteer patients, the Practice Manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.
The PPG work with the practice in order to identify priorities for all our patients and contribute to proposals for any improvements.
The group will work in partnership with our Practice to:-
- Provide feedback on patients' needs, concerns and interests and challenge the Practice constructively whenever necessary
- Serve as a 'safety valve' for dealing with grumbles and complaints about the Practice, representing patients, but also helping them to understand the Practice's viewpoint.
- Communicate information about the community which may affect healthcare.
- Give patients a voice in the organisation of their care.
- Be as representative of the patient population as possible.
- Contribute to Practice decision making and consult on service development and provision.
- Promote good health and higher levels of health literacy by encouraging and supporting activities within the Practice and promoting preventive medicine.
If you would like to join us please contact the surgery for more information or look at our newsletter for further contact details.