Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) from across West Leicestershire will be celebrating their achievements when they meet for a networking event on Thursday (13 June).
Organised by West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and taking place a week after the first ever national PPG Awareness Week (1-8 June), the event will be attended by 16 groups at Loughborough Town Hall.
Out of the 50 GP surgeries based in West Leicestershire, 46 have their own PPG which is made up of patients and staff members who work in partnership to help support their practice and make a positive contribution to the health services and facilities offered to patients.
One group with plenty to shout about is Park View Patients’ Group in Loughborough, which has come in the final six of an award scheme to find the best PPG in the country.
Chairman Lynne Drewery said: “Although we did not win, to be in the top six in the whole of the UK is a fantastic achievement and a wonderful reflection of all the hard work the group has done and continues to do on behalf of patients.”
Since starting two years ago, the group has gone from strength to strength with 13 members who attend monthly meetings at the practice and many more ‘virtual members’ who have their say via email. Members regularly attend the surgery to encourage other patients to join the group and to listen to any concerns they may have.
Dr Chris Trzcinski, deputy chairman of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We think PPGs are a great way for patients to have their say on how their local GP surgery services can be made even better and we would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and help make a difference to their local community.
“To find out more patients should ask their GP practice if they have a PPG, or if they don’t have one they could ask about setting one up.”