From April 2016, it has been a contractual requirement for all English practices to form a patient participation group (PPG) during the year ahead and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.
Generally made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice, they meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.
The beauty of PPGs is that there is no set way in which they work - the aims and work of each group entirely depends on local needs - but they are have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient, and improving health, at the heart of everything it does. A summary of how PPGs make a difference can be found here.
We still wish to recruit new members onto the PPG Committee. We welcome all, but are particularly keen to hear from people under the age of 60. If you are interested and want to find out more, please pass your contact details to the Receptionist at the Surgery.