Have a say in how your local health services are delivered by signing up to your GP practice's patient participation group.
Members are usually a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice, who meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice. Some practices also have ‘virtual groups’ who regularly communicate by email.
To find out more, get in touch with the practice manager at your GP surgery.
The patient participation groups undertake an annual patient survey to improve ways of working and relationships between patients and the practice staff and GPs. If you want to take part in this survey ask at your practice.
Annual Leeds Citywide PPG Event
In October 2017, we held our first annual citywide PPG event. The event was co-produced with a number of patients, PPG members, and NHS staff. There were nearly 200 people in attendance. The event took place at Leeds United Football Club, Elland Road. The event was hugely popular and received 100% recommendation in its evaluation from attendees. From the event, it was suggested that we should look to develop a Leeds PPG Network with the PPGs of Leeds. Find out more about the PPG Network on the PPG Network page.
We held our 2nd Annual Leeds Citywide PPG Event on Thursday 18th October 2018 at The Long Room, Headingley Experience in Leeds. We are in the process of writing an evaluation from the event which will be available here soon.
You can see what happened on the day here: 2018 Annual citywide PPG Event – Thursday 18 October 2018
Check out the agenda for the PPG event here:
You can read about our last event via these documents below:
PPG Funding Opportunity
At our 1st Annual Leeds Citywide PPG Event last October, there was a lot of feedback from PPG members that PPGs could benefit greatly from some funding to help support their work. With this in mind, the CCG applied for some funding specifically for PPGs. We are pleased to say that this was awarded.
We asked PPGs to apply for this funding, detailing what they would like the money for, how it will be used and why it will be of benefit to the wider practice population. We had a number of applications and the majority of them were successful. We will be writing up a report regarding this work soon and it will be available here.
For more information about our second round of PPG funding which is open for applications now, please visit the PPG Funding page.
Key Factors for Effective Patient Participation Groups
Healthwatch Leeds recently worked with eight GP practices and the One Medical group to find out the key factors that make up a well-functioning PPG. They looked at the following areas:
- What do people think are the key factors for a well-functioning PPG?
- What works?
- What are the challenges?
- What support is required?
- Examples of impact and changes through a PPG.
From this study, Healthwatch Leeds identified a number of recommendations based on the feedback. Below you can find the report and a list of recommendations and the actions that have arisen from them.
Patient Involvement Toolkit
The toolkit had been put together in 2011 by the NHS in Leeds, it will help you involve patients and carers for your patient participation group:
The following resources can support people in patient participation groups:
- PPG Leaflet – a short leaflet detailing what a PPG is, why they are important and how you can get involved.
- Growing patient participation – a step-by-step guide to setting up a patient participation group in a GP practice.
- Patient Participation Group – Terms of Reference – a template to give PPGs a guide as to what their scope and limitations are.
- Patient Participation Group – Ground Rules – an example of ground rules that can be used within a PPG, more can be added as needed.
- Developing meaningful Patient Participation Groups – a session that was delivered at a primary care locality development session in Leeds.
- Patient Participation Group – Action Plan – a template that PPGs can use to log their ongoing actions.
- Patient Participation Group – How are we doing checklist – this document allows PPGs to rate how effective their group is being and what they could do to improve.
- The National Association of Patient Participation – provide support to GP practices and patient participation group members.
- National General Practice Profiles – these profiles show who lives in your local area. They help to ensure that your GP practice is providing and commissioning effective and appropriate healthcare services for their local population.
- GP Patient Survey – the national GP patient survey helps you see how your GP practice is doing. It also allows you to compare your GP practice with other local practices.
- Framework for patient and public participation in Health and Justice commissioning – this framework is a guide for NHS commissioners of health and justice services – and anyone who is interested, including patients and the public, the voluntary sector, and providers of health and social care services. The framework describes how NHS England involves patients and the public in the commissioning of health and justice services.
- NHS England Involvement Hub – a source of information for people who want to get involved in our work or enable others to participate.