Patient Participation Groups

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

If you are interested in having a say in the way your local health services are delivered, you could get involved with your local GP Practice’s Patient Participation Group (PPG).

What is a PPG?

A PPG is a group of patients who belong to a GP practice and meet regularly to discuss the services the GP practice can offer and how improvements can be made for the benefit of the practice and patients!

The aim of a PPG is to represent patients’ views, and work with GP practice staff to improve patient experience and support and develop local health services.  They can help with obtaining patient feedback and where the practice and the PPG agree, will act on suggestions for improvements.

Many PPGs produce newsletters for patients (electronic and print) and use social media to connect with their members.  They support the practice by raising awareness of health issues in their areas, and by organising local community events, and distributing information to help keep the community healthy.

PPGs also work together to influence broader issues, share good practices and ideas.

Interested in joining your local PPG?

To find out about the PPG at your local practice and how to join – check out their website, or contact the practice manager.

Read our latest publications

PPG Newsletters >

Newsletter – April 2018

Newsletter – February 2018

Newsletter – October 2017

Newsletter – July 2017

PPG Event Reports    >

Read the reports from our previous PPG events by clicking on the links below.

PPG event – 16 January 2018
Event summary report

PPG event – 12 October 2017
Event summary report



Useful information

National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) – promotes and supports patient participation in primary care.

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