The local NHS in Wokingham is backing Patient Participation Group (PPG) Awareness Week 19 -24 June, showing the importance of patients in supporting GP practices to continuously improve services they provide.
PPGs ensure the patient view is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. PPG members also act a ‘critical friend’, working in an informal way with practice staff and doctors to help deliver better services.
PPGs also allow patients to learn more about health issues and how the wider NHS works, by providing them more knowledge so they can give informed views on ways to improve services.
PPG Awareness Week is an opportunity for PPGs in Wokingham to highlight these benefits among patients and staff, and to encourage more people to get more involved in their surgery’s patient group.
Information about Wokingham’s PPGs, including details on how to get involved in their work, is listed here.
Dr Debbie Milligan, Governing Body member lead at Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that each Patient Participation Group are very important to the practice and local patients, and have many examples of the positive contribution to how decisions are made about patient care. They also enable GPs to be aware of what works and what doesn’t at their practices and to make changes to further improve services.’
Dr Milligan added: “If you want a say in the way your health services are delivered getting involved with your practice’s PPG is a great place to start. This is important because surgeries are keen to ensure PPGs represent their practice population.”
Some PPGs meet face-to-face at regular meetings, or reaching a wider group via a virtual reference group, providing comments on plans through email. No experience of this type of work is necessary, and joining a PPG doesn’t need to take up much time. All PPGs welcome people from different backgrounds and communities to ensure their views and needs are being represented.