#GetInvolved with your Patient Participation Group

10th – 15th June is Patient Participation Group Awareness Week. Surgeries all around the country will be taking part by raising the profile of their Patient Participation Groups (PPGs).

Patient groups enable patients to be involved in influencing the way local health services are delivered. Anyone can join a patient group and most GP surgeries in Dorset have them. Some GP practices have groups that meet in person up 3 or 4 times a year, others have virtual groups.

Patient groups work with their GP surgery in a number of ways. They help to promote good work that is going on and health initiatives e.g. supporting the running of flu clinics or helping to share self-care information. They have suggestions for improvements. For example, some patient groups have worked with their surgery and Dementia Friends to help make their practice more dementia friendly.

Emma Prince from Littledown practice, Bournemouth said, “I love working with our Patient Group. They are supportive, friendly and good fun! They remind us that we’re here for the patients after all, and they are very protective of the practice.”

They are the voice that represents the users of the surgery, ensuring that GP practices are as patient friendly as possible.

Patient Participation Group Awareness week is a good opportunity to raise the profile of existing patient groups. Some ideas might include:
· Putting a display in the waiting room to promote their patient group

· Organising a coffee morning

· Going to community events to talk about what patient groups do and the importance of them.

For more ideas you can visit: https://www.napp.org.uk/ppgawarenessweek.html

At NHS Dorset CCG, we have a team of people who can provide support to practices and patient groups. Soon to follow will be our online page dedicated to patient groups with ideas, resources and news so watch this space! Meet the team (see photo above) – Keith Harrison, Jim Gammans, Sue Brazier and Gill Foott.

Email the team if you have any questions about patient groups, need any ideas or access to resources related to PPGs.

Or tell us what you have been up to for Patient Participation Group Awareness Week by tweeting @GillFoott and @JimGammansCCG