The first Patient Participation Group (PPG) was set up by a GP in 1972 and many practices in England now have a PPG. Generally, PPGs are made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.
It remains a contractual requirement for all GP practices in England to have a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population. It is an expectation of the Care Quality Committee (CQC) assessments that practices have a PPG.
The beauty of PPGs is there is no set way in which they work – the aims and work of each group entirely depends on local needs – but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient, and improving health, at the heart of everything it does.
Running a successful PPG is no easy task: attracting and retaining members can be extremely difficult as people become more and more busy, and free time more scarce.
South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to engaging with the local community. PPGs and their memberships are a vital tool in our engagement planning. Therefore, we have put together this pack of resources, which we hope will help PPGs in our area to grow and develop, whatever their current form.
Please see below for links to resources for you to begin to shape your PPG:
- PPG Toolkit (Printable)
- 21 Ways to Help your Pratice Grow
- Communications presentation on PPGs
- Dr Graham Box presentation on 'Getting your PPG Started'
- Terms of Reference - Seisdon Peninsula District Patient Group
- Terms of Reference - South East Staffordshire District Patient Group
- Schedule of District Patient Group Meetings - Seisdon Peninsula
- Schedule of District Patient Group Meetings - South East Staffordshire
- NHS England guides and resources to support patient and public involvement