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Get involved with your local Patient Participation Group

PPG Awareness Week runs from 6 – 11 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.

“A PPG is a group of patients who have an interest in the services provided by their local GP practice,” explains Wendy Chew, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

“The aim of the PPG is to gather and represent patient views across the widest spectrum of the community to ensure diversity and to work in partnership with the GP practice to develop and improve a common understanding of the services delivered.

Across the UK PPGs are making a significant difference and a large proportion of South Lincolnshire CCG GP Practices have a PPG or virtual PPG.

“Our PPGs play a vital role in raising issues and opinions on behalf of their local patients,” added Wendy. “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 about what is working well 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.

To find out more about PPGs and joining a PPG visit South Lincolnshire CCG’s website or NAPP’s website http://www.napp.org.uk/ppgawarenessweek.html or alternatively please contact your local GP practice.