Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

A PPG is a group of patients registered with a GP practice who have no medical training but have an interest in the healthcare services provided locally.

What is the aim of a PPG?

The aim of the PPG is to represent patients’ views and cross barriers, embracing diversity and to work in partnership with the GP practice to improve common understanding. PPGs are making a real difference across the UK.

What is the purpose of a PPG?

  • To give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest in their practice;
  • To raise certain issues and opinions from the point of view of the patient;
  • To offer an open and confidential space for all patient’s to voice their concerns and to listen to what other patients have to say about health services which are important to them;
  • To encourage health education activities within the practice;
  • To develop self-help projects or strategic projects to meet the needs of fellow patients, such as befriending, help with transport and bereavement support;
  • To help patients understand the current challenges faced within the GP practice and wider NHS;
  • To act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence key decisions about the local provision of health and social care.

Join a local Patient Participation Group if:

  • You wish to make a difference in your community and in local healthcare delivery;
  • You wish to help your GP practice to identify potential changes that would make life as a patient better and/or utilise resources more efficiently;
  • Develop mutually supportive networks for patients and the practice in the community;
  • You are willing to speak up for the practice patient community, as a spokesperson for the population you represent.

How do I join a Patient Participation Group?

For more information on how to join your local PPG, speak to a member of staff at your local GP practice.