Patient Participation Group Awareness Week
Every GP practice should have a Patient Participation Group or PPG.
From 1 April 2015, it will be a contractual requirement for all GP practices in England 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. Many GP practices already have a PPG and it is expected for Care Quality Commission inspection.
A PPG is usually made up of volunteer, patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GP’s from the practice. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the service the GP practice can offer and how improvements can be made for the benefit of the practice. The PPG will help obtaining patient feedback and, where the practice and PPG agree, will act on suggestions for improvement.
You can help your GP practice meet the needs of local people by making sure that their practice puts the patients and improving health at the heart of everything it does.