National Patient Participation Week aims to raise the profile of Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) who work with the NHS, especially in GP surgeries.
Patient Participants use their lived experience to influence the way patients are treated by GPs and medical professionals. The week also promotes the work of the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP), which allows patient participation groups to work together nationally.
PPGs are a contractual requirement, meaning that NHS medical Centres and GP services have to have a patient participant group and thus receive patient feedback to influence the way treatment of patients is carried out.
At meetings, the group, made up of both patients and staff, discusses patient feedback and shares ideas on how services could be improved.
Everyone who is a registered patient at a practice can join a PPG and you can base your level of involvement on the available time you have.
To find out more about your PPG and to register, see your GP Practice website. Find out more about what a patient participation group does, and how to join one, on the campaign website, or watch this video.