Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Are you interested in finding out more about our practice and getting involved with the development of health services?
Forum Health Centre are actively seeking patients to join our established patient participation group (Friends of Forum Health Centre). We are looking for people of all ages, gender or background to attend regular (one meeting every three months) meetings at the Practice to work with the Practice Team to develop and improve patient services.
The patient participation group will:
- Meet on a regular basis to review and discuss practice performance
- Work with the Practice Team to develop and improve services
- Be advocates for the practice and its services
The patient participation group is not a forum for personal grievances or complaints.
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What is Patient Participation Group (PPG) ?
We have set up a Patient Participation Group to encourage patients to give their views about the practice. Our aim is to establish a virtual community of patients who we can contact by email to get their opinions on matters relevant to the practice and local health provision.
What is the purpose of a PPG
- To give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest in their own practice.
- A forum for patients and staff to improve and develop services within the practice by co-production.
- To provide an opportunity for patients to make positive and constructive suggestions/ideas about the practice and specific medical conditions as an ‘expert’ or ‘experienced patient’.
- To encourage health education activities within the practice.
- To involve further patients from the wider population.
- To involve patient participation in future commissioning of Health Provision.
What are the benefits for the patient ?
- Patients will have a better understanding and knowledge of the practice and its staff.
- This allows latest information to be given to patients regarding the practice and will inform what decisions can be influenced and what cannot.
- It will allow to present the patient’s perspective to the practice staff and help them gain an understanding.
- Patients will benefit from improved communications between patients and staff
What are the benefits for the practice ?
- GPs and their staff will be able to plan services jointly with patients in order to increase their effectiveness.
- They will be able to get help from patients in meeting targets and objectives.
- They will have a forum to voice concerns, ideas and suggestions to patients.
- They will get closer to the community for whom they care.