PPG Awareness Week is next week, 19 – 24 June, and aims to promote the role and benefit of PPGs (Patient Participation Groups) to patients, the public and health professionals.
Supported by NAPP (National Association for Patient Participation), PPG Awareness Week will create more understanding of the value of patient participation and the work of PPGs across the country.
“PPGs are groups of patients who have an interest in the services provided by their local GP practices,” explains Diane Hansen, Head of Engagement at South West Lincolnshire CCG.
“The aim of the PPG is to represent patients’ views and cross barriers, embracing diversity and working in partnership with the GP practice to improve common understanding.”
The approach for PPGs in South West Lincolnshire has varied across the area with some GP practices establishing very active groups and some having a virtual group - each reflecting their own communities. All of our 19 practices are committed to hearing what their patients have to say and using PPGs are an effective way of doing this.
“Our PPGs play a vital role in raising issues and opinions on behalf of their local patients,” added Kate Mitchell, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, South West Lincolnshire CCG.. “They give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest, and provide all patients with the opportunity to feedback on local health services and to voice any concerns they may have.”
In addition, PPGs perform a crucial role in helping to develop projects to meet the needs of fellow patients, helping patients understand the challenges faced by general practice, and acting as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care services.