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Patient Participant 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. Some PPGs are active members of their wider community and organise activities and events. All of our 43 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. 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. There is a copy for each PPG, if you haven’t received yours, please get in touch with H.Codd@nhs.net or ring Helen on 01384 321719

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 h.codd@nhs.net or ring Helen on 01384 321719.

Some PPG members choose to join us at the POPs meeting which takes place every 2 months. The meeting is chaired by Helen Mosley who is the Lay Person for Patient & Public Involvement on the CCG Board. We try and encourage 1 or 2 members from each PPG to join us and network, share issues and find out more about what is happening locally. Helen provides a direct link between the Board and the PPGs ensuring that the patient voice is heard. We always alternate the meetings between daytime and early evening to ensure that people can join us if they wish. To find out more either speak with your PPG or contact h.codd@nhs.net

Minutes of previous meetings can be viewed below:

August 2019

June 2019

April 2019