Join patients’ group to get services at surgery improved

Patients in Northamptonshire are being encouraged to have a greater say in how local health services are being run by joining a Patient Participation Group (PPG) at their local GP practice.

NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and members of local PPG groups are calling on more patients to become involved during National Patient Participation Week, which runs from June 1-6.

The week hopes to boost the number of patients getting involved in PPGs which in turn help GP surgeries discover what patients think about the services they provide and prioritise the needs of their patients.

Dr Darin Seiger, Chair of NHS Nene CCG, said: “It’s important that patients are involved in decisions not just about their care, but in designing better care for others and we are encouraging our patients to join with us in helping to shape and improve health services by becoming members. “Patients are in the unique position of being the only people who know what it is like to be on the receiving end of services, which means that they can provide us with vital information on what works well and how services can improve.

Anyone interested in joining their local PPG should enquire at their own GP practice.