All GP practices in England are, from April 2016, expected to have in place a Patient Participation Group as part of meeting the GP contract.
In our first year we engaged with 24 PPGs. We supported them with how to increase membership and work with their practice. We also provided them with access to specialist resources to help them run their PPGs.
In our second year of delivery we will continue to support individual PPGs. We will also be focusing on establishing a PPG network.
What do Patient Participation Groups do?
All PPGs are individual and the work that they do may vary. In general PPGs:
- gather feedback from individual patients about GPs, primary care services and their practice
- focus on improving the quality of general practice and primary care localised to their practice
- undertake activities on behalf of the practice. For example, conducting surveys, assisting with flu campaigns, running practice health awareness events
All patients can take part in Patient Participation Groups. If you would like to become involved talk to your local GP practice to find out more.
Already involved in your PPG?
Take a look at our free resources designed to support and empower PPGs. If you are a member of a PPG within Buckinghamshire and you would like support or advice then we can help, simply contact us for more details.