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|Welcome to the page of the Leatside Patient Participation Group (PPG). We have reformed our patient participation group which meets in the last week of each month. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Practice Patient Group Liaison – Lee Collins|
What is the Patient Participation Group (PPG)?
Since April 2015, it has been a contractual requirement of NHS England for all GP practices to have a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population. A Patient Participation Group is a group of patients, carers and GP practice staff who meet to discuss practice issues and patient experience to help improve the service.
Who is part of the PPG?
The PPG is made up of a Chair, Secretary and Committee Members. This steering committee drives the direction of the PPG and the priorities which it wishes to address. A PPG is open to views of every patient on the GP practice list. All communities, groups, genders, ages, ethnicities, and disabilities representing the patient list are encouraged to join.
What is the role of the PPG?
The aims and work of each PPG depends entirely on local needs, but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient and improving health at the heart of everything it does
How should the PPG be structured?
It is important that a PPG is not too rigid in its structure. A PPG may be virtual or face-to-face, or a combination of the two. Although there are no prescriptive requirements surrounding structure, the most effective groups have ensured that they adopt certain criteria including:
Moving Forward with the PPG
Patient Participation Groups tend to be set up by Practices but, over time, they are usually run by patients. The PPG should work closely with the Practice, and it is normal for members of the Practice Team, including General Practitioners to be part of the Patient Participation Group. Patient Participation Groups are not set up to be a ‘forum for moaners’ but nor are they ‘doctor fan clubs’. They are a route for patients to advise and inform the Practice on what matters most to patients and to help identify solutions to problems. Members of PPGs should think about the wider patient interest and not just their own personal concerns when serving on the PPG. Every PPG should be clear about what it is there to and hopes to achieve. It should have well thought out core objectives so that if someone asks what the Group does, there is a clear answer. These goals and aspirations need to be realistic and achievable because the PPG is run by volunteers.
To some people the above will seem rather daunting. But be rest assured that, Patient Participation Groups across the country, run by patients, are doing these things and are making a real difference. Choose the level and degree of involvement that suits you best, whether as a member of the Group or just helping occasionally. It is all voluntary and every and each contribution is appreciated and valued.
Q: How much time does the PPG require?
A: This depends on the individual PPG and the commitment of its members. Preparing for meetings (document reading) and attendance at the meeting would be a minimum.
Q: Will it affect my relationship with my GP?
A: No. The PPG work is separate from day to day practice work. The PPG and its members have no access to patient medical records. PPG feedback to the practice is general and anonymised
Q: Who else will be able to access my contact details?
A: Your contact details are only used for PPG purposes. They will be held securely and will never be shared without your permission. Adherence to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 will always be followed.
Q: Does the PPG need to open a bank account?
A: If it is decided that fundraising will be held to buy equipment and services for the benefit of patients, the PPG will need a bank account.
|LPPG Chair – Robert Lamberton
Acting Secretary – Lee Collins
PPG Committee Members:
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