Join a patient group, help improve local health services

11 June 2019

National Patient Participation Week

This week (10-15 June) is National Patient Participation Week. Did you know that many GP practices in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley have an established Patient Participation Group (PPG) to help patients and GP practices work together?

A PPG provides feedback to the practice from patients and acts as a channel for two-way communication between the wider patient community and the surgery.

Supporting your doctor’s surgery

Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, PPGs ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services can continuously improve. Groups can also provide practical support in the surgery, which could be as simple as putting up posters or manning awareness stands, and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.

National Patient Participation Week aims to highlight the importance of patient participation to achieve excellence in care for all patients.

The patient’s voice at the heart of primary care

Rosemary Bolton, Lay Member for Engagement at NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG said: “Our PPGs help to bring the patient’s voice to the heart of primary care and their input is highly valued and much appreciated. Also, they help us to spread our messages straight into the doctor’s surgery, which helps us if we want to tell patients about any new services or if we are seeking views on existing services.

“I would like to thank our existing network of PPG members for the time and energy they devote to helping to improve their local NHS. However, there is always room for more, so if you are interested in joining your practice’s PPG, or setting one up if your practice doesn’t have one, then ask your practice for details.”

More information is available on our Get Involved section or on the NAPP website.

  • The National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, was formed in 1978. There are now over 1500 groups affiliated to N.A.P.P, representing at least ten million patients across the UK.