Local funding secured for GP practices patient participation groups across the city

During Patient Participation Group Awareness Week (4 - 9 June), NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has secured funding for Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), to support the work they do.

The CCG is also reminding local people that they can have more of an effective role within their GP practice by joining its PPG.

Kirsty Turner, Associate Director of Primary Care at NHS Leeds CCG, said: “The funding has been secured because of a PPG event we held last year, where the feedback highlighted that additional funding would really help PPGs to do more of the good work they do.

“We recognise the hard work our PPGs undertake and how committed they are to making improvements to the practice for patients. To achieve this, PPGs work closely with their practices, this also allows them to build a relationship with practice staff. I’m hoping that this would encourage local people to join their practice PPG and if you require further information you will need to get in touch with your practice. Being part of you GP practice’s PPG, gives you the chance to get actively involved in some of the decision making affecting patients at the practice.”

For practices to get additional funding, PPGs across the city need to work with their practices to put together a funding application. The application must detail what project they would like to develop. For further information visit https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/how/patient-participation-group/

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Patient Participation Group Awareness Week (4 – 9 June)

For further information about the awareness week, please visit the National Association for Patient Participation website https://www.napp.org.uk/ppgawarenessweek.html

What are Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and their role?

PPGs are groups that are hosted at GP practices throughout Leeds, and the country. 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.

PPGs are involved in a great deal of work across the city including:

  • Being consulted about potential practice changes including mergers and closures
  • Giving patients a voice in how their practice is operating and helping document that in various ways; including the completion of annual surveys and evaluations
  • Running flu clinics with the practice to help manage large demand during flu season
  • Organising and running a local allotment for local residents to get involved
  • Setting up exercise projects that are accessible to all such as chairobics
  • Developing new and innovative services that help make a difference to people’s lives, such as the Caring Hands project

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Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCG. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email us: leedsccg.comms@nhs.net