What are Patients Participation Groups and why are they needed?
On their website NHS England shares that most GP practices now have a Patient Participation Group (PPG). From 1 April 2015, it is a requirement in the GP Contract for all practices to have a PPG. The aim of the Patient Partnership Group (PPG) is to be an active group promoting partnership between patients and general practitioners in primary health care and highlighting patient concerns and needs.
The key roles of the PPG includes:
- Being a critical friend to the practice;
- Advising the practice on the patient perspective and providing insight into the responsiveness and quality of services
- Encouraging patients to take greater responsibility for their own and their family’s health
- Carrying out research into the views of those who use the practice
- Organising health promotion events and improving health literacy
- Regular communication with the patient population.
- For more information please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2016/09/ppg-introduction.pdf
Friends of Tawstock Medical Centre
Chairperson – Donna Smith
Secretary – Mike Dannatt
Treasurer – Shirley Morgan
The Friends of Tawstock are a group of patient volunteers who actively support and raise money for the benefit of the patients of the surgery. The group is committed to supporting the provision of equipment and services which would otherwise not be available at the Practice and is managed by a committee of volunteers, which includes a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
The Friends of Tawstock have been committed to fund raising for the surgery for many years, having initially established as a group and charity in January 1997. Tawstock Medical Centre’s new building opened in 2014, a state of the art surgery and centre of excellence in beautiful South Somerset. The Surgery boasts a number of facilities, as well as light and airy clinical environment and has made an incredible difference to both patients and staff working at the surgery. The Friends of Tawstock were able to help in the funding of new equipment at the time of the move as well as since the move. This includes medical equipment, seating in the reception area, artwork on the walls and furniture for consulting rooms.