Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

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Each GP practice in Derbyshire has a group of patients working with them to help improve services. Your practice may have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) or a Patient Reference Group (PRG) or maybe it is called something else but they all have the same purpose. It is about patients working with the practice to:

  • help themselves and other patients to take more responsibility for their health

  • provide practical support for the practice

  • contribute to the continuous improvement of services

  • ensure services are meeting the needs of local patient

The activities of each group are determined by the needs of the community and in consultation with practice staff. Most groups are self-organising and many groups undertake activities that help the GP practice staff.

Patient groups:

  • provide practical support for the practice

  • contribute to the continuous improvement of services

  • are based on cooperation with the practice

  • work by building a relationship between the practice staff and patients that breaks down barriers to communication

  • enable the sharing of information

  • communicate widely throughout the local community

  • are not a forum for individual complaints

  • are not there to do what they are told to do - it is about working together

  • are independent, which is a major strength

If you are interested in joining a PPG, the first thing to do is to talk to the Practice Manager at your GP practice. There may already be a group, there may have been one in the past or this may all be new. 

Learn more by visiting National Association for Patient Participation website.

Last modified: 26/03/2019