Patient Participation Groups play an important role in ensuring that local health services meet the needs of the communities they represent. Members of PPGs are able to bring about positive changes to their local community by working closely with their practice, running health promotions and raising vital funds.
PPGs can have a say in how their local practice works and the services that are delivered and through the PPG representative on the West Norfolk Patient Partnership, they have regular contact with the CCG and area able to influence the commissioning process.
One person who would recommend being involved in a PPG is Sheila Young.
Mrs Young was a nurse for 35 years and is continuing to champion the views of patients in her role as Chair of West Norfolk Patient Partnership.
She said: “One of the most rewarding things I have found about working in the PPG is that you are making a difference.
“PPGs are there to ensure the patient voice is heard by sharing patient experiences but it is very much a two-way conversation with the GPs.
“I believe PPGs are helping to make a difference to enhance the services on offer in West Norfolk.
“I would like to encourage other people to come along and join us. Being part of a PPG does not cost anything other than your time and the commitment can be as big or small as you would wish.”
If you are interested in joining your PPG please speak to your local GP practice. For a list of our members click here.