Patient Participation Groups
If you’re interested in having a say about the way your local health services are delivered, getting involved with your GP practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a great place to start. PPGs ensure the patient view is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. Generally they are made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice and can be both face-to-face and/or online groups.
PPGs meet on a regular basis to discuss issues such as the services on offer and how improvements can be made for the benefit of both patients and the practice. Not only can joining or starting a group help to shape the delivery of local services, many members also find that volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your own skills. To find out more, get in touch with the practice manager at your GP surgery.
PPG Locality Forums
As a member of a PPG, you can also get involved in the PPG Locality Forum for your local area. PPG Locality Forums are made up of members of the PPGs across all of the GP practices in a locality and meetings are an opportunity for PPG members to discuss wider programmes of work, improving services and any changes taking place in the NHS across your local area. Find out more about your PPG Locality Forum and attend the next meeting.