Patient Participation Groups (PPG) within General Practices are not new. The first PPG was set up on the 30 November 1972 at The Health Centre, Berinsfield near Oxford. At present it is estimated that a least 41 per cent of General Practices in England and Wales have a PPG and we are one of them.
Despite their development, Patient Participation Groups are still not very well-known and most people do not know what they do. This brief guide explains how PPGs work and what their role and function may be. It is important to note that there is no single or definitive model for a Patient Participation Group. Each group is different. This is considered to be a good thing, in that it means that each group can evolve and develop according to the wishes of the patients in each Practice – the Practice Population.
A Note from The Chairman
We believe patients should have a say in how their practice should develop and we encourage patients to discuss their views within our small Patient Participation Group.
Most of us welcome a chance to talk about the things that affect us, particularly when it comes to our health services, and the aim of our group is to give patients and practice staff an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and information.
Our group meets quarterly at the practice to learn of changes in primary care and explore how we may help make positive improvements to our surgery. At present we have vacancies for a few more patients to join us. If this appeals to you and if you are interested in joining us you are invited, in the first instance, to contact Kelly Bates, our practice manager, on 0121 744 6663 for more information.