Patient participation groups (PPGs) are groups of patients interested in health and healthcare issues, who want to get involved with and support the running of their local GP practice. Most PPGs also include members of practice staff and meet at regular intervals to decide 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
To find out if there is a PPG at your GP practice please contact your surgery for more information.