PPGs offer views on a GP’s services from the patients’ perspective. To deliver high quality services, it is important that GP Practices involve patients and the public in making decisions about services and evaluating their success.
PPGs are defined as ‘critical friends’ within the practice environment, to ensure that services are responsive to patients’ needs, and that they improve over time. Every PPG is unique, evolving to meet local needs. They carry out research, hold health awareness and information events, support the practice in its dealings with other bodies, and carry out patient surveys.
Most commonly they find out what patients think, and meet regularly with the Practice Manager, GPs and other staff, to identify improvements and sometimes contribute towards carrying out change. Groups also provide support to individual patients, helping them to make informed decisions about managing their health conditions, and show people where to find additional services and support in the community.
Contact the Patient Participation Group to join, or with any suggestions, comments and feedback for the forum meetings by completing the below form.