Since April 2015, it has been a contractual requirement of NHS England for all GP practices to have a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.
The purpose of a PPG
- To give patients and practice staff the opportunity to meet and discuss topics of mutual interest.
- To provide a means for patients to become more involved and make suggestions about the healthcare services they receive.
- To explore issues from patient complaints and patient surveys, contribute to actions plans and help monitor improvements.
- To contribute feedback to the practice on National Patient Survey results and Friends and Family Test feedback to propose developments or change.
- To support health awareness and patient education.
What a PPG should look like
PPG members should be as representative as possible of the practice population. A PPG is open to every patient on the GP surgery list. All communities, groups, genders, ages, ethnicities, and disabilities representing the patient list are encouraged to join.