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Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

A PPG is a group of patients who belong to a GP practice and meet regularly to share information about health services locally; how these are provided and how these can be improved.
The aim of the PPG is to represent patients' views and work with GP practice staff to support and develop local services. PPGs may also work together to influence broader issues and to share good practice and ideas.

For more information read the Smart Guide to Practice and Patient Engagement. 

Does my practice have a PPG?

Most practices have a PPG which may meet regularly or keep people informed and involved by using email newsletters and online resources.

You can contact your GP practice directly to find out if it has a PPG and how you can get involved. There may also be information on your practice's website. You can look for your practice here.

Virtual Patient Group

We realise that many patients are unable to attend the meetings due to pressure from studies, work or family commitments but may want to have a say in what we do. We need and value the input from a wide range of patients especially the ones who are busy or with children or who may be carers for someone. Why not join our "virtual" community? We can keep in touch by email or telephone and you can play a very important role in our PPG.

As a member of the Virtual Patient Group we will send you emails asking for your opinion on a range of topics.

You decide how often and when you would like to answer.

To join the Virtual Patient Group, fill in and submit our online form to Judith George, Engagement and Communications Officer, by emailing judith.george1@nhs.net.