A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a great way for patients and GP practices to work together to improve services and promote health and wellbeing. They can help strengthen the relationship between staff and patients and be an integral part of decision making for Clinical Commissioning Groups.
PPGs are not groups for complainers! They are designed to enhance and support the work of the practice. PPGs can:
Within NHS Rushcliffe CCG each of the 12 GP practices has a patient participation group and these can be contacted through the individual practice websites:
Belvoir Health Group
Castle Healthcare Practice
East Bridgford Medical Centre
East Leake Medical Group
Gamston Medical Centre
Keyworth Medical Practice
Musters Medical Practice
Radcliffe on Trent Health Centre
Ruddington Medical Centre
St Georges Medical Practice
West Bridgford Medical Centre
PPG awareness week takes place every year. Its aim is to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation
“Patients and carers are the smoke alarms for the frontline of the NHS. They are often first to spot poor care and also have great ideas about how to make care better. They need to be involved in decisions not just about their care, but in designing better care for others. Patient Participation Groups are a crucial way of harnessing the voice of the patient in primary care, and have much to contribute in driving up quality”
Dr Phil Hammond, GP turned hospital doctor, journalist and broadcaster
The awareness week too place 9-24 June 2017.
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self-care across communities, families and generations. Self Care Week took place this year between 13-19th November 2017 and this year’s theme was engaging and empowering people and the strapline was Embracing Self Care for Life.
As well as specific Self Care Week and flu vaccination messages, the initiative saw an extension of the localised One You campaign to focus on winter health. This included the promotion of community pharmacies as experts for minor ailments and information to support people in using the right NHS service first time the over the winter period of high demand.
A toolkit of resources was provided to the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at each surgery who liaised with practice managers and GPs to support the campaign and provide designated display space within surgeries. Vinyl banners were also provided for ongoing use by practices throughout the winter months and the CCG was able to promote these events across social media.
A South Nottinghamshire Patient Participation Group (PPG) Networking Event took place on Thursday 13 October with over 85 people attending this event at Trent Vineyard.
Speakers at the event included Dr Nicole Atkinson, who spoke about a GP’s perspective on a successful PPG, Frances Newell, Patient and Public Partnerships Lead from NHS England who was the keynote speaker and spoke about the future of PPGs and the importance of patient participation.
PPGs from across the area had the opportunity to network and have table discussions about what was working well in their PPG, what they needed help with and how they reach wider populations.
“Excellent, a great start; we need to do this again”
“Always good to network and share ideas”
“Really inspired by Dr. Nicole Atkinson”