Patient Participation Groups (PPG) should exist within your local GP practice and are run by either the practice itself or independently by the patients in the group. They are made up of patients who are registered with the practice and have an interest in the services your GP provides.
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Geoff Almond -Chair of Mill Street PPG and patient rep on the St.Helens CCG Patient Involvement and Experience Group.
"From April 2016 all GP practices were expected to have a patient participation group (PPG) as part of meeting the GP contract. Successful PPGs are well supported by their practice. This is essential as the PPG is a partnership between the practice and its patients.
In St.Helens there are 30 PPGs and 34 practices.
They operate in different ways and some are more active than others.There is an opportunity for all PPG members to meet as a forum organised by the CCG.
At PPG meetings members are able to raise issues of their own or those of other patients.Its also an opportunity for the practice to update the PPG about what is happening at the practice.
I would encourage everyone to join their PPG.If there isn't one or its not very active then again you have a wonderful opportunity to change things.
Please do contact me if you want to know more about PPGs and if you would like more information on how you can become a PPG member."
The Group includes representatives from local GP surgeries Patient Participation Groups, but we welcome any local people who would like to come along.The purpose of the group is to enable the CCG to inform and engage registered patients of member practices and the wider population.
It will also allow us to involve patients and members of the public in the review, development and planning of services commissioned by NHS St Helens CCG and to influence the wider development of health and wellbeing services in St Helens.
We want to here what the people of St Helens think about our services and help us to identify issues on which the CCG should act.