We want more patients to get involved and help improve the delivery of health services, as well as make a difference to their local community.
Patients are encouraged to have a say on how their local GP surgery is run by joining its Patient Participation Group, also known as a PPG. Some GP surgeries have Patient Reference Groups, known as PRGs.
PPG/PRGs are made up of volunteers interested in healthcare issues and can also include members of practice staff. They meet regularly to decide ways and means of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the surgery to its patients.
They also encourage improved communication between the practice and its patients and provide support for the practice, helping it to implement changes.
How the CCG supports PPGs
As a CCG we work with our practices to support their PPG/PRGs and help them to set up groups if they don’t already have one.
We also organise regular meetings which allow the representatives of all the PPG/PRGs in East Leicestershire and Rutland to meet up, network and discuss ideas and share best practice. These meetings also allow the CCG to update patients on healthcare services in the area and provide an opportunity for patients to give us their views on future services and what works well for patients within their practice and local area. We also use the events to help develop networking and skills relating to engagement and public involvement.
Each PPG/PRG is invited to provide at least one representative to be a member of the network and attend these meetings. As with our GP practices, the groups are part of the six localities in East Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Network meets four times a year sometimes as a whole ELR CCG and sometimes in smaller locality groupings.
The CCG also holds a mailing contact list of PPG members so that information which is of interest, including opportunities to be involved and training information, can be communicated with them.
The national organisation representing and promoting PPG/PRGs is: http://www.napp.org.uk/
ELR CCG PPG/PRG Lead: Becky Hunt
East Leicestershire and Rutland practices
Blaby and Lutterworth
Melton, Rutland and Market Harborough
Oadby and Wigston
|Bushloe End Surgery||Central Surgery|
|Rosemead Drive Surgery|
|Severn Surgery||South Wigston Health Centre|
|Station Road Surgery||The Croft Medical Centre|
|The Practice Oadby||Wigston Central Surgery|