Why you should join a Patient Participation Group
What has a Patient Participation Group (PPG) ever done for us?
It’s a good point.
Most people won’t know what a Patient Participation Group is; let alone what it can do for them.
PPGs ensure that their local GP Surgery suits the patient’s needs and offers them suitable services.
Making sure the patient voice is heard and passed on to practice teams through the PPG means that they can look at ways they can both support and advise to improve patient experience.
In practice this works best where PPGs are well represented and active in feeding into the flow of information.
In Chesham a PPG sourced over a hundred willing volunteers from within the patient group to take part in new diabetes testing kit trial. This helped the surgery immensely as they were able to start the trial and get results quickly, potentially leading to better outcomes for patients.
A PPG in Beaconsfield worked hard to support their GP Practice throughout last year’s flu season, ensuring that one of the busiest times of the year ran smoothly. Making sure there was adequate parking, supplying clear advice to patients about booking appointments with the nurse and easing any ‘last minute rush’ to get a flu jab. The surgery was really happy with the outcome and patients gained the benefit of a slicker, quicker service.
To find out more about how you can join your PPG or to ask about starting one up you can:
PPG Awareness Week 2018 runs from 4-9 June. This year’s theme is ‘Patients, Power Partnerships’. Keep a look out for our social media posts during the week and feel free to re-post