Patient Participation Group

Patient Participation Group

What is a PPG?

A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients and GP practice staff who meet to discuss practice issues and patient experience to improve the service. The purpose of a PPG is to:

  • Provide a means for patients to be more involved and make suggestions about the healthcare services they receive
  • Explore issues from patient complaints and patient surveys, contribute to action plans and help monitor improvements
  • Contribute feedback to the practice on National Patient Survey results and Friends and Family Test feedback, to propose developments or change
  • Support health awareness and patient education

What is the purpose of the PPG?

Patient participation is about patients and practices working together. It aims to bring about positive change to the benefit of all patients and practice staff.

What Does the PPG Do?

Each PPG is unique, evolving to meet local needs. It is made up of patients, doctors and other practice staff who communicate at regular intervals to consider ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practice to its patients. We offer our opinion, advice and assistance on how the practice can provide the best possible service to patients. We work both collectively and individually. We work together in partnership with the practice to ascertain the views of patients and represent those views, obtaining patient feedback, and help improve services provided by the practice. Our aims are to:

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of services
  • Foster improved communication between the practice and its’ patients
  • Provide information updates to patients through newsletters
  • Carry out research into the views of those who use the practice
  • Listen and act upon patient views (where possible)
  • Help patients to take greater responsibility for their own and their family’s health
  • Provide practical support and help to implement change

The PPG is not a:

  • Practice Management Committee; we do not interfere with the Practice’s management decisions or its day-to-day running
  • Forum for complaints
  • Vehicle for individuals to voice personal interests, resolve personal issues or to get additional personal medical service
  • Doctor’s fan club

Who We Are

  • Claire – Chairman
  • Richard – Secretary, Vice Chairman
  • Derek – Treasurer
  • Steve
  • Kate
  • Barry
  • Angela
  • Janet
  • Barbara
  • Gill
  • Michael
  • Sonja

What We’ve Done

The PPG fundraising team have recently helped to purchase:

2x Ambulatory blood pressure machines
Infection prevention control compliant chairs for the waiting areas and consulting rooms
Electronic body mass index scales

Meetings – Dates & Minutes

Annual Reports

Info coming soon

Patient Reference Group

We realise that many patients are unable to attend the meetings due to pressure from studies, work or family commitments but may want to have a say in what we do.

We will be soon launching a Patient Reference Group to make it even easier to have your say and get involved.

Come and join the Acorn PPG!

Please complete both of these forms, you can also download paper versions or pop into the Practice to collect copies.

In line with the new GDPR regulations the PPG require consent to use your contact details to send you information advising you of PPG meeting dates, talks of interest dates and the Practice or PPG Newsletters.

Complete the PPG Sign Up Form Online

PPG Sign Up

I am a registered patient at Acorn Surgery and I wish to join the Acorn Patient Participation Group to be invited to the regular PPG meetings and receive information and updates from the Acorn PPG.
Any information you give here will be stored securely and not shared with another party.

If, at any time, you wish to leave the Acorn PPG, amend or update any of your personal data, please complete the Acorn PPG Consent form and contact the Acorn PPG’s Secretary.

Complete the PPG Data Consent Form Online

PPG Consent

If you have previously given your permission and no longer wish to receive PPG information and would like your contact details removed please complete this form and advise the PPG Secretary.