The local NHS in Reading is backing Patient Participation Group (PPG) Awareness Week 19 -24 June, showing the importance of patients supporting GP practices to continuously improve services they provide.
PPGs ensure the patient view is at the heart of local provision so services are of high quality and continuously improve. PPG members also act a ‘critical friend’, working in an informal way with practice staff and doctors to help deliver better services.
PPGs allow patients to learn more about health issues and how the wider NHS works, by providing them more knowledge so they can give informed views on ways to improve services.
PPG Awareness Week is an opportunity for PPGs in Reading to highlight these benefits among patients and staff, and to encourage more people to get more involved in their surgery’s patient group.
Wendy Bower, lay member (Public and Patient Involvement) at for the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Reading, said: “We know that each practices’ Patient Participation Group are very important to the practice and local patients, and have many examples of the positive contribution to how decisions are made about patient care. They also enable GPs to be aware of what works and what doesn’t at their practices and to make changes to further improve services.”
Wendy added: “If you want a say in the way your health services are delivered getting involved with your practice’s PPG is a great place to start. This is important because surgeries are keen to ensure PPGs represent their practice population.”
Some PPGs meet face-to-face at regular meetings, or reaching a wider group via a virtual reference group, providing comments on plans through email. No experience of this type of work is necessary, and joining a PPG doesn’t need to take up much time. All PPGs welcome people from different backgrounds and communities to ensure their views and needs are being represented.
Note to editors:
- Reading has two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) North and West Reading CCG and South Reading CCG.