National Patient Particiption Week is taking place across the UK from 6th-11th June. Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, Patient Participation Groups ensure that patients voices are heart of local provision so that services are high quality and continuously improve. PPGs also provide practical support to their GP practice and help to improve communication between the practice and its patients, and help patients to take more responsibility for their health. The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation.

Patient Participation Groups in Buckinghamshire are joining others across the UK and are making themselves known to their local communities in a bid to highlight the importance of patient participation. Recently, John Hampden Surgery PPG in Prestwood have announced they are working with their surgery on an initiative to help patients with diabetes, and Rectory Meadow Surgery PPG in Amersham have been talking to local school pupils.

If you want to become involved with your local Patient Participation Group contact your surgery.

Healthwatch Bucks have been commissioned by Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group to support Patient Participation Groups across Buckinghamshire.

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