PPG Awareness Week takes place from 31 May to 6 June, and aims to promote the role and benefit of PPGs (Patient Participation Groups) to patients, the public and health professionals.
Supported by NAPP (National Association for Patient Participation), PPG Awareness Week will create more understanding of the value of patient participation and the work of PPGs across the country.
A PPG is a group of volunteer patients registered with a primary care practice who have an interest in the provision of local health services. PPGs are independent groups who take an interest in their local practice and health services in general.
The aim of the PPG is to represent patients’ views and cross barriers, embracing diversity and working in partnership with the GP practice to improve common understanding.
Across the UK PPGs are making a significant difference and many of Lincolnshire’s GP practices have a PPG or virtual PPG.
Martin Fahy, Director of Nursing and Quality, said:
“Our PPGs play a vital role in raising issues and opinions on behalf of their local patients. They give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest, and provide all patients with the opportunity to feedback on local health services and to voice any concerns they may have.
“In addition, PPGs perform a crucial role in helping to develop projects to meet the needs of fellow patients, encouraging activities and events within the practice, helping patients to understand the challenges faced by general practice, and acting as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care services.”
Over the past 18 months it has not been possible for us to engage with our PPG’s in the usual way with our GP Practices having to operate differently due to the covid pandemic. This has meant we have not been able to carry out a full programme of engagement activities as we would have liked.
We have still encouraged our patients and their representatives to provide their feedback via digital platforms, telephone, through on-line survey’s, social media channels and through our CCG web-site.
If you are interested in finding out further information about Patient Participation Groups please visit napp.org.uk or if you are interested in joining your local practice Patient Participation Group, please contact your surgery directly.