Want to get involved in local health issues? Join your local PPG!

Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs CCGs have come together to celebrate the valuable work of Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) across Surrey Heartlands and to encourage more people to get involved, as part of national Patient Participation Awareness Week, 10 – 15 June 2019.

 

The initiative, organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, aims to raise awareness of PPGs and the valuable work they undertake. PPGs provide feedback to the practice from patients and act as a channel for two-way communication between the wider patient community and the practice.  Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, PPGs are groups of active volunteers who ensure the patient’s perspective is at the heart of local GP services and actively work with practice staff to identify opportunities for further improvements that will benefit local patients.

Amongst a range of fantastic initiatives delivered by PPGs across Surrey Heartlands, one great example of the positive impact on communities is Grayshott Surgery PPG, Hindhead, who successfully applied for funding and installed two defibrillator machines in local villages, as well as running awareness sessions for local residents on the use of the machines in partnership with a local heart charity.

Similarly, Cobham Health Centre’s PPG has run a number of awareness campaigns, including a campaign on the impact of missed GP appointments, which has led to a reduction in the number of missed appointments at the surgery, and the PPG has also organised a series of talks covering health issues including diabetes, skin cancer and menopause.

Lay Member for Surrey Downs CCG Governing Body, Jacqueline Oliver, said

 “PPGs play a crucial role in representing the views of patients so this awareness week is a real opportunity to celebrate and thank them for all the fantastic work they do to help get local people involved and improve local services. There are many examples across Surrey Heartlands which show the benefits they help bring to local people and local services and it is an important time for patients to influence the changes currently being considered in our health provision”.

“We know people can’t always give their time up to attend meetings but there are many other ways to get involved with your local PPG to help them keep up the good work. If you’re interested in finding out more, please talk to your surgery as we know they are always looking to recruit more members”.

 

So how can you be involved? You can contact your local PPG via your GP practice – details of the PPG may be available on the GP website, or contact the GP Surgery reception team for further details.

To find out more about the role of PPGs, visit www.napp.org.uk.