A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is where a group of health professionals and patients can come together to address issues that effect health and health services in their local community.
Usually connected to a particular GP practice, patient forums provide a link between practice staff and their registered patients.
The agenda of any particular group will depend upon the local needs, interests and energies of the participants, but its key role is to:
Enable patients to have a say on how the practice operates
Provide feedback on new systems within the practice such as booking an appointment
Act as a sounding board for ideas Support the practice to provide a high quality of care and service delivery.
We are a small group of patients, who alongside the Practice Manager to Dr Manickam and Partner's, based in Hednesford Valley Health Centre, meet 4 times a year.
Our aim is to discuss health issues, that are causing concerns, about the surgery, the health centre, local hospitals etc, and to hopefully make suggestions, and in time improvements to problems raised by the group.
We are also going to work in conjunction with the Hednesford Traders Association, to give support and assistance to hopefully bring the Community spirit back into our area.
With this in view, we have already agreed to advertising forthcoming Events, by putting up posters in the health centre.
If you are registered with Dr Manickam and Partner's Surgery and you would like to join our Patient Participation Group:
Alternatively, contact our Practice Manager on 01543 870580.