Patient Participation Group (PPG) Awareness Week 2022 runs from 6 to 12 June 2022. The annual campaign is organised nationally by the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) and provides GP practices and PPGs with an opportunity to develop their groups, raise awareness of their work and, ideally, recruit new members.
If given the full backing of partners and management, a PPG can be of tremendous benefit to a GP practice. An engaged and proactive group can support the practice in working with patients to resolve issues and to understand what patients want and need from their practice.
The most effective PPGs are those who are fully supported by their practice and work in partnership. By maintaining a positive relationship with your PPG, practices are able to mitigate issues and support patients to gain a better understanding of how primary care operates and the challenges it faces.
It can also help to educate patients about the best way to access services and the different health professionals there to help them
A PPG can be used to carry out surveys in the practice, run support groups, organise health promotion events and, where appropriate, support any fundraising activities. Some PPGs also work on a wider footprint, and by becoming more informed about how the NHS works, are able to support the wider community through various projects.
Having an active PPG also helps the practice to demonstrate that it is meeting the requirements set out by the CQC and other scrutiny organisations.
Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) are our patient voice and represent our patients. They meet regularly with practice staff to discuss developing and improving our services. They make positive and constructive suggestions about the practice and encourage health education activities within the practice. It is a forum in which patients can suggest positive ideas and voice concerns.
Patients benefit from improved communications between patients and staff, and the practice is able to plan services jointly with patients in order to increase our effectiveness and is able to get help from patients in meeting targets and objectives.
Our PPG set up a new ‘Walk for Health’ in Kirkham and surrounding areas. The first walk was on Wednesday 31st May 2017 and was a resounding success. The walk is now weekly – meet at Ash Tree House on Wednesdays at 1pm. Please wear sensible shoes and clothing and bring some water. They are currently starting work on new projects – updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
Due to current restrictions our PPG group now meet virtually.