Patient Participation Awareness Week 2018 aims to highlight the importance of patients getting involved and helping to shape and improve care for everyone.
One easy way you can get involved and help shape and improve the service you get is by joining your Patient Participation Group (PPG) at your GP. Patient Participation Groups (PPG) are groups of patients who get together to represent the patient voice in their GP practice.
The role of a PPG is to foster improved communication between a practice and its patients. By doing so, PPGs can help improve services and the quality of care provided by the practice. As all PPGs are volunteer-led, every group is unique. Some groups hold regular meetings to discuss patient concerns. Some host pop-in cafes to encourage community involvement while others host talks on a range of health and well-being issues. While every PPG is different, each has at its core a single goal. This is to ensure the voice of the patient is heard to make sure that the services provided match the needs of patients.
Patient Participation Awareness Week 2018 is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978.
If you want to become involved with your local Patient Participation Group, just contact your surgery. To find out how Healthwatch Bucks are helping PPGs, take a look at our PPG work.