Patient Participation Groups are a requirement for every GP practice in England. The function of such groups depends on local needs, but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient and improving health at the heart of everything it does. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements might be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.
In practice, PPG’s can play a number of roles, including:
- Advising the practice on the patient perspective
- Organising health promotion events
- Communicating with the wider patient body
- Running volunteer services and support groups to meet local needs
- Researching the views of practice users and their carers
- Influencing the practice to improve commissioning
- Fund raising to improve the services provided by the practice.
If patients of the Hodnet Medical Centre would like to email the PPG, please use the following link Contact the PPG.
Hodnet PPG Team members:
Christine Charlesworth (Practice Manager)
Christine Poole (Dispensary Manager)
Richard Holtom – Chairman
Mary Hardy – Secretary
Terms of Reference of the Patient Participation Group
Title of the Group
The Group shall be called THE PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) of the HODNET MEDICAL CENTRE, and is affiliated to the National Association for Patient Participation. Membership No 1713.
The Objectives of the Group
- To improve communication between the Practice, patients and the community it serves, and in particular to give feedback to the Practice about patients’ concerns and expectations.
- Provide an avenue for patients’ input in the way facilities and services are planned and executed and to influence those services.
- Support the Practice in good health promotions, preventative medicine and health literacy.
- To be a “friend” to the Practice by providing feedback on the community’s needs, concerns and interests, and challenging the Practice constructively whenever necessary.
- To promote co-operation between the Practice and Patients to the benefit of both.
Membership of the Group
The Group shall normally consist of no more than eight (8) patients of the Practice, and this should aim to reflect a cross section of the patient body without discrimination, together with the representatives of the Hodnet Practice.
Activities of the Group
- The Group will be kept informed of the Practice policies relating to the Primary Care Trust to which it belongs. It may express opinions on these policies on behalf of the patients.
- The Group will consult with the Practice on service development and provision and assist in the assessment of community medical needs.
- The Group will contribute to, and be kept informed of, Practice decisions.
- The Group will encourage and support activities within the Practice to promote preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle choices.
- The Group will assist in informing Patients of the work of the Practice and activities of the Group through the Hodnet and Practice websites.
- The Group will seek to ensure that Patient information and advice are readily available and clearly presented.
- The Group will represent patients at the Practice in seeking to influence local provision of health and social care.
Meetings of the Group
The Group presently meets twice a year with the Practice and will hold informal
preparatory discussions prior to these meetings as required.
Organisation of the Group
- The Group’s activities will be organised by a Committee of invited members, a Chair and a Secretary.
- Administrative assistance will be provided by staff at the Practice.