Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)
PPGs are registered patients at a particular practice who choose to meet roughly every 2 months. They work with the practice to help make improvements and provide a patient perspective on how the practice works and give an opinion on the wider NHS. 46 of our 47 GP membership practices have a PPG and we are committed to supporting our practices and our PPG members in developing their voice. To find out if your practice has a PPG – just speak with the Practice Manager.
We realise the valuable role our PPGs play in supporting their practices and hearing the voices of the local population. Over the last few months, we have spent a lot of time working with PPG members and practice staff to develop a guide for PPGs. The PPG guide has been designed so you can dip in and out of it when you need to and has lots of helpful advice and tips and signposting to support if you need it. We will be happy to share with you when it’s ready and will be sending out a copy to each PPG.
Did you know that funding has been made available for all of our PPGs for a 2 year period? Each PPG can have up to £1000 to spend and an Inspiration Pack and Guide have been developed with our PPGs and practice staff.
Each PPG is unique and many have different ways of working. Lots of PPG members are more than happy to come along to other PPG meetings and share their experiences or provide useful tips to help PPGs get the best out of each other. If you would like the engagement team to come along and support you or would like to know which other PPGs buddy up, please contact email@example.com or ring Helen on 01384 321719.
Patient Opportunity Panel (POPs)
Some PPG members choose to join us at the POPs meeting which takes place every 2 months. The meeting is chaired by Julie Jasper who is the champion for patient engagement on Dudley CCG Board. We try and encourage 1 or 2 members from each PPG to join us and tell us about issues which are affecting their practice or their local areas. Julie then takes this directly to Board and they are able to listen and respond which gets reported back to the POPs group. It’s a really good opportunity to find out more about how the CCG works and to listen to local GPs telling you about local issues. We always alternate the meetings between daytime and early evening to ensure that people can join us if they wish.
Patient Opportunity Panel (POPs) Feedback
The POPs group meet every 2 months. Minutes of the last meetings can be found here: