Patient Participation Group
Meeting: to be confirmed ... September 18
Previous Patient Participation Group Meeting (PPG)
Do you want to make a difference? Join our PPG group and information session to help shape the way health services are delivered in your practice.
Please complete form and hand into the Surgery.PPG Registration Form
What is a Patient Participation Group?
PPG is short for “Patient Participation Group”. A PPG is made up of patients and staff members. Most surgeries in the UK are looking to have its own PPG. A PPG is all about taking an active interest in the surgery and the services which are provided to its community. PPGs make an important contribution to the well-being of their communities. Future activities can include health promotion, information provision, service delivery, fundraising and strategic input to the practice.
Park Lodge Medical PPG (has been running over many years)
The PPG provides a link between the Park Lodge Medical and our patients. The Surgery is committed to better understanding your needs and the PPG provides you with a forum in which to communicate with us. The PPG will have input into how the Surgery is run, and specifically into its facilities and services. We are keen that PPG membership includes a good cross-representation of our patients. We believe that a more diverse group will be more likely to represent the needs of a larger percentage of our patients and this is important to us.
The group (supported by one of the GP Partners) meets at the Surgery for an hour on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in coming along, please make contact with Reception.
Benefits to Patients
PPGs allow interested patients to be actively involved in the running of their Practice. The forum helps them better understand the Health Service (and its systems) and gives them the opportunity to voice their opinions. Ultimately this could mean the introduction of new services and improvements to the Practice.
Benefits to the GP Practice
A GP Practice can gain a great deal from having a PPG. A well-run group will allow GPs direct access to the expressed needs and perspectives of their patients. Practice populations can include patients with a wide range of skills and experiences, and this can be harnessed to great benefit. PPGs are also effective sounding boards for ideas that the Practice is considering implementing.
What is the objective of the Group?
Our first objectives were to set out a clear action plan, setting out the priorities and proposals arising out of local practice survey. We have discussed and identified issue’s that have come out of the patient survey. The survey will be now done annually and the questions will be relevant to patient’s needs. We publish the survey findings on the noticeboard.
We want to start a quarterly newsletter to provide our patients with surgery news and updates and provide healthcare information. The newsletter would be made available to pick one up from the reception desk.
If you are unable to attend meetings, you could become a virtual member.
What is a Virtual Member?
This is for patients that would like to join the PPG but are unable to attend meetings. As a member of the Virtual Patient Participation Group we will send you emails from time to time asking for your opinion on a range of topics such as our opening times, the quality of care we provide and/or the service in general. We particularly need young people, workers and people from non-British ethnic groups.
Why be involved?
The PPG will have some influence on the service that the surgery provides. All patients have different ideas and the group needs members who are actively interested in working with others to improve the well-being of the community.
How do I get involved?
We do still need more people to join the group. If you are interested in becoming part of the PPG, the Virtual Group or have any questions, then please call reception and leave your name and address at reception. Alternatively please print and fill in our PPG registration form and hand into Surgery or send via email.