A Patient Participation Group, or PPG, is an active group of patients of a General Practice who have volunteered to work in partnership with the GPs and practice staff with the aim of achieving high quality and responsive care for patients.
It will usually comprise a 'committee' of permanent members who will be aided by representatives of other bodies from time to time, such as members of the practice staff, health coaches, local community service coordinators, technical advisers and so on. It may also be able to call on the opinions of a much wider group of patients through a Virtual PPG, which you can find out more about by clicking this link.
As pressures on the Health Service continue to grow, it becomes more and more important to ensure a good level of communications between patients and the practice. The ways in which healthcare is delivered are changing, and it is important that patients can be kept up to date with these changes in order to achieve maximum benefit from them.
Furthermore, modern general practice welcomes feedback from patients as to where problems are occurring, how patient services might be improved or, best of all, what they are doing right!
Not all PPGs operate in the same way. However, some of the things that they carry out are:
Patients, their carers, GPs, practice staff and the whole community can benefit from the success of a PPG...
If you would like to make your opinions count and help shape the future of your medical care, register now with our Virtual PPG. Just click on the button below to find out more!