PPG Awareness Week 1st -6th June 2015
The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P) is hosting Patient Participation Group (PPG) Awareness Week from 1st to 6th June.
Established in 1978, N.A.P.P is uniquely placed as the only UK umbrella organisation for patient-led groups in general practice.
What is a PPG? Patient Participation Groups are groups of active volunteer patients who, through regular meetings with surgery staff and GPs or virtually by email, provide feedback on the services offered and how improvements can be made for the benefit of all.
What does a PPG do? PPGs work in unique partnership with their practice built on mutual respect to:
- Provide a patients’ perspective ensuring services, plans and activities respond to patents needs and priorities – a ‘critical friend’.
- Foster communication with the wider patient population building stronger patient-doctor relationships.
- Provide practical support to practice teams e.g. conducting and analysing patient surveys, organising health awareness events etc.
- Encourage those with long-term and/ or multiple conditions to gain confidence in managing and taking control of their health and care.
- Help other patients take more responsibility for their health and make informed decisions.
How can I get involved in my local PPG? Ask at your GP practice to see if they have a PPG and how you can get involved.
What is a PPG Awareness Week? PPG Awareness Week aims 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 also to promote the support available from N.A.P.P. The theme of this year’s national campaign is ‘Quality In General Practice’. Keep up to date throughout the week online and on social media
HWNL is working in partnership with NHS North Lincolnshire CCG to help local PPGs create better relationships between themselves, surgery staff and other patients with the aim of increasing public involvement and reducing the number of issues and complaints. Getting involved in your local PPG is a chance to meet new people, gain new skills and help influence the delivery of services.
Find out more about N.A.P.P www.napp.org.uk