>Thank you for expressing an interest in the group. Below is some information that will hopefully give you brief insight as to its function.
WHAT IS THE PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP?
Patients joining together in a voluntary capacity to enhance the practice by working alongside the doctors and practice staff.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE ?
Primarily we do ask that members attend a PPG meeting held at the surgery (always in the evening) approximately every 3 months.
This is to discuss issues affecting the practice and local NHS. Helping the surgery to deliver the best service it can. Ultimately, helping patients to get the best out of their surgery and NHS services.
THE AIMS OF THE GROUP ARE
: 1 COMMUNICATION: The PPG members should act as a communication channel between the Medical Centre team and the community in order to help patients use facilities to the best advantage and the practice to implement policies influenced by representative patient views.
2 PATIENT CHARTER: The PPG may from time to time conduct surveys on behalf of the practice in order to develop and monitor the Medical Centre Patient Charter.
3 FUND RAISING: CPPG has the option to act as a focus for fund raising activities.
4 HEALTH EDUCATION: The PPG should advise the Medical Centre of health education needs in the community in order for the Medical centre to provide appropriate and useful community health education meetings.
5 COMMUNITY 'NEEDS': The PPG should have a role in assisting in assessment of community 'needs' to help the Medical Centre improve its service.
6 PRIMARY CARE GROUP: The PPG will be informed of the general practice policies relating to the Primary Care Trust to which the Medical Centre belongs. The PPG will express opinions on these policies on behalf of the patients. The practice will give appropriate consideration to these opinions within their PCT.
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER?
Generally anyone who is a patient at the practice.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Contact the practice manager Daniel Hill, danielhill@:nhs.net
If you would like to speak with any of the existing members then please let us know and one of them will get in touch with you.
The NEXT MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY 18th January at 12.30pm. The venue is Griffins Brook Medical Centre.