Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

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:

PPG Event, Thursday 18th October 2018 – Agenda (451KB)

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You can read about our last event via these documents below:

1st Annual Leeds Citywide PPG Event 2017 – Evaluation (1MB)

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1st Annual Leeds Citywide PPG Event – Appendices (700KB)

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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.

From Recommendation to Action Report (269KB)

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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:

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