The NHS in Leeds celebrates the work of patient participation groups across the city

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Partnership is holding its first annual event, to celebrate the work of patient participation groups (PPGs) across Leeds.

The fully booked event will be taking place on Friday 20 October, from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Leeds United Football club.

PPGs work alongside GP practice staff to improve the experience of people who are registered with the practice. The event will be an opportunity for PPGs to; share good practice, identify what support is available to PPGs, provide networking opportunities with PPG members and practice staff, and ways to overcome challenges.

Anne Suttle-Burton MBE, Chair of Patient Club at Leigh View Medical Practice, said: “It’s great to see PPGs getting the opportunity to showcase some of the work they do and learn from other PPGs.

“PPGs have an important role to play, as we are the voice for patients at the practice. Practices work hard to take on board what we’re recommending to them, as we work together to improve the overall experience for patients at the practice.

“At Leigh View Medical Practice we’ve set up a number of patient groups and clubs, to help with individual’s health and wellbeing, these are; Leigh View Patients Club, Leigh View Wellbeing Club, and a Patient Research and Support Group, and none of this would have been possible if we didn’t have the support from our practice staff.

“The practice has also been proactive in involving patients, as they wanted to know how improvements could be made to the service; they worked with patients by using text messages as a way of gathering feedback. After an appointment with the GP or nurse, patients were able to rate the service through a text message, this provided effective feedback on the clinicians.”

Kirsty Turner, Associate Director of Primary Care Commissioning at NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic work that is going on and allow PPGs to learn from one another. This event is all about sharing and learning from others and identifying how we can overcome challenges. Practice staff work closely with their PPGs to make improvements for patients at the practice, and having that partnership is really important when you want to improve the experience of patients.”

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Notes to editors

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership

Since 1 April 2017, the three CCGs (NHS Leeds North CCG, NHS Leeds South and East CCG and NHS Leeds West CCG) have been working together as the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership, with a shared leadership team and joint governance arrangements.

Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email: commsleedswestccg@nhs.net