Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are practice-based groups that create a partnership between patients and the GP practice, so they can work together to improve services provided by the practice.
PPG meetings are usually chaired by a patient and are supported by GP practice staff, however they can also be chaired by practice managers, GPs and practice nurses. Some practices operate a 'virtual' PPG, where patients are contacted via email.
Does my practice have a PPG?
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.
Patient Participation Group Forum (PPGF)
This group is a representation of all Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) at Southend GP practices. The Chairs of the PPGs hold bi-monthly meetings with the CCG, supported by Southend Healthwatch, to share views, obtain feedback and to receive health care information and updates to cascade to their own GP practices.
Chair of Southend PPGF, Sally Carr, said:
“I have been privileged to Chair the PPFG for Southend CCG. The PPFG is a group of volunteers who care very much about the health of residents across the Borough of Southend and who want to play their part in enabling the CCG to provide services that will lead to our town having excellent primary care services.
Our bi-monthly meetings have interesting agenda items and speakers who lead on the latest healthcare initiatives available for our residents, giving us the opportunity to hear from hospital consultants and those leading primary and social care about the pathways and services available to local residents. We are then able to pass this knowledge on to the patients in our own practices through our PPGs. We have and continue to provide residents feedback on a variety of proposals including the reconfiguration of hospital services. This plays a pivotal role in ensuring the patient voice is heard.”