Patient Participation refers to patients taking an active interest in their health care. At present, Our priorities are developed and agreed locally in order to meet local needs and to reflect the interests and energies of the participants.
Recent changes within the NHS are intended to deliver a more patient-centred service. As a result, there have been ongoing changes to the structures of formal, statutory public engagement. In England, for example, this has seen the demise of Community Health Councils, to be replaced by PPI Forums which, in turn have been superceded by Local Involvement Networks.
Patient Participation Groups have not been directly affected by these changes. This is because PPGs are not legally required but have developed on the basis of trust and goodwill from practices and patients alike.
We are affiliated to N.A.P.P. National Association for Patient Participation their research carried out by the NHS Information Centre revealed that 40% of English practices now have a PPG. We are autonomous our activities may include:
- Strategic advice
- Health promotion
- Information provision
- Volunteer services
If you would like to become involved please use the contact box below.
The list below summarises some of the activities in which we or may become engaged to be of most benefit to their own communities, patients and practice. Helping the practice to improve services
- Providing feedback from patients, eg on appointment systems,consultation times and repeat prescription systems.
- Monitoring the accessibility of practice communications, eg developing the practice booklet and leaflets and designing the website.
- Carrying out surveys into a whole variety of subjects, eg measuring patient satisfaction, health needs, awareness and expectations.
- Offering practical help, eg flu clinics making sure that the patients are comfortable.
- Improving practice facilities, eg new toys for the waiting room, or maintaining plants and gardens.
- Helping to obtain the patient view, eg for planning permission for a new-build project for practice premises.
- Designing new services and initiatives, eg extended opening hours for practices.
- Exploring the changing needs of patients.
- Offering support to other patients
- Bereavement support.
- Carers’ group.
- Hospital visiting.
- Befriending housebound patients.
- Volunteer transport scheme for medical appointments.
- Providing health-based social activities, eg ‘walking for health’ group,
exercise classes, creating babysitting circles or trips out for older people.