What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?
A PPG is a group of patients who belong to a GP practice and meet regularly to share information about health services locally; how these are provided and how these can be improved.
The aim of the PPG is to represent patients' views and work with GP practice staff to support and develop local services. PPGs may also work together to influence broader issues and to share good practice and ideas.
How do I join?
Most practices have a PPG which may meet regularly or keep people informed and involved by using email newsletters and online resources.
You can contact your GP practice directly to find out if it has a PPG and how you can get involved. There may also be information on your practice's website. You can look for your practice here.
Patient Reference Group (PRG)
The CCG has a Patient Reference Group (PRG) which is made up of members of our local PPGs and people with keen interest in reaching out to their local community and sharing news on health services.
Members of Healthwatch Essex and our local Community and Voluntary Sector are also part of our PRG so that we can make sure patient experience and voice remains core in our focus when shaping services.
If you would like to know more about the work and role of the PRG please contact Paul Gilham.