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Support your local GP practice - national PPG week 2014

Next week the NHS across the country is raising awareness of GP practice participation groups or ‘PPGs’. All GP practices should have a group and it’s a chance for you to work with your surgery to deal with issues that affect you and other people in your area.

Think about the last appointment you had with a GP or nurse at your local surgery. What about the last time you had to organise a repeat prescription or make an appointment?

Did you ever think about what could have made the experience easier for you, or how it could run more efficiently?  If so, it’s time to share your views and make a difference!

The Patient Participation Group at your GP surgery is an opportunity to tell them about the good and bad parts of care you receive.  It’s also a chance for the GP practice to tell you what’s going on and the plans they are making.

In Southwark the ideas and experiences shared at PPGs are also fed back to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). CCGs are responsible for planning, monitoring and paying for most of the health services you receive.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, NHS Southwark CCG lead for patient engagement said: “Feedback from PPGs has really helped us to make changes, not only to GP services, but other health services in Southwark.

He added: “The NHS can only improve with the involvement of the patients we care for. I would encourage everyone who has something to say about their local NHS to ask their GP surgery about their PPG"

For more information about your PPG ask at reception of your GP surgery. If your surgery doesn’t have a group you could become involved in helping them develop one.

So why not give it a go? If we all get involved and share our experiences we can transform our NHS for the better.