PPGs are groups of patients who contribute feedback, ideas, and suggestions directly to their GP practice. They are an effective network of local people interested in health care and services who can bring the voice and experience of patients into the heart of the CCG.
They are run by volunteer patients and practice managers. If you’re not a member of your PPG and would like to join, contact your practice manager to find out more.
Many PPGs run meetings at their practices.
They also use email and social media to connect with members, so even if you are only an occasional user of your local surgery or cannot attend meetings, you will be able to share your views.
How do I join my PPG?
If you would like to join a PPG, please contact your GP practice directly.
I need resources to start or develop a PPG
You can find useful resources and links below.
Patient Participation Group Awareness Week
National PPG Awareness Week is held in June each year. It aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation and also to promote the support available from The National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP).
Although the aim of this guide was originally to help and support GPs, Practice Managers and patients within Northern Ireland, it's also a great guide for budding PPGs in the UK. It contains essential information on what a PPG is, the benefits of having one, and what is involved in the start-up process.
The National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) e-Bulletin
NAPP has published its latest online bulletin, which contains useful resources. You can find previous NAPP Bulletins on the NAPP website in the table below.