Patient participation groups

A patient participation group (PPG) is a group of people who are patients of the surgery and want to help it work as well as it can for patients, doctors and staff.

From April 2016, it has been a contractual requirement for all English GP practices to form a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.

The development of the PPG is down to the individual GP practice and they become responsible for all aspects of its functionality, from timescales, to membership, to roles and responsibilities. Each practice has information pertaining to their PPG on their local website.

National Association of Patient Participation

Whilst membership to a PPG is the responsibility of the practice, the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) states there are a number of ways PPGs can benefit their local GP surgery. These include:

  • advising the practice on the patient perspective
  • organising health promotion events
  • communicating with the wider patient body
  • running volunteer services and support groups to meet local needs
  • carrying out research into the views of those who use the practice (and their carers)
  • influencing the practice or the wider NHS to improve commissioning
  • fundraising to improve the services provided by the practice

Useful NAPP resources

The Patients Association

An organisation that has useful information for the patient to access.

Patient participation group conference 2019

Our PPG conference took place on 14 November 2019. View the 2019 PPG conference slides (PDF, 3 MB).

Read the 2019 PPG conference evaluation report.

Patient participation group videos

A cuppa and a cake at Truro Health Park

How important are patient groups to GP surgeries?

Attendees at the Carnon Down Surgery PPG event talk about the importance of patient groups in the surgeries

Attendees at the Carnon Down Surgery PPG event talk about the importance of patient groups in the surgeries

Thoughts on healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Attendees at the Carnon Downs PPG event talk about what healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly means to them.

Thoughts on healthcare within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are given at the St Agnes PPG event.