Patient Participation Groups
Patient participation groups (PPGs) are groups of patients registered with a GP practice who are interested in improving the health and wellbeing of their populations and who work in partnership with their host GP practice to support it. Most PPGs also include members of the GP practice staff and often CCG staff or other organisations will also support them. There are two models of PPG in East Lancashire - PPGs who meet as a group and whose members get actively involved in a range of activities or what are called "virtual PPGs" - these are essentially email and online groups. The "real life" PPGs meet at regular intervals to help make a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practice to its patients. The activities of PPGs vary but quite include they include the following:
- Improving communication with the practice population through newsletters, websites and other means
- Organising health promotion events in partnership with the practice
- Providing strategic advice, influencing commissioning and carrying out research
- Supporting the practice in its dealings with other bodies
Jerry Stanford, who represents Pendle on the Patient Partners Board, is the Chair of The Richmond Hill Practice PPG in Colne explains what a PPG is in this video below:
There are some great examples of PPGs and PPG networks. Many GP practices post information on their PPG online and in East Lancashire there are some great examples. Click on any of the links below to learn about some of these - we will add more as and when we can!
To find out if there is a PPG at your GP practice please contact your surgery for more information.