West Leicestershire patients urged to sign up to their GP practice PPG and help to make a difference

West Leicestershire patients urged to sign up to their GP practice PPG and help to make a difference

6th June 2016
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Patients in West Leicestershire are being encouraged to sign up to their local Patient Participation Group (PPG) and work in partnership with their GP surgery to help improve healthcare. PPG Awareness Week (6-11 June) is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P) to raise awareness of the importance of PPGs and the opportunity for people to get involved. In West Leicestershire there are 48 GP practices and they would all welcome new PPG members to help support with their activities. PPGs are made up of volunteers who are interested in healthcare and they work in partnership with their practice GPs, practice managers and staff. Joining a PPG is a really exciting opportunity to make a difference because they are empowered to help shape the services that their local practice provides. PPGs can get involved in many different ways including organising information sessions and events for patients. These may cover specific health issues or conditions and often help to promote important messages including self-care, support for proactive approaches to health and wellbeing, and other ways of preventing illness. Alan Plumpton, a PPG member in Hinckley said “The practice is tremendously supportive of the work that we do and we work together very closely to improve the healthcare of fellow patients. At the moment we are actively involved in discussions around Hinckley Community Health Services and also with discussions on urgent care and GP Out of Hours services.We really want to raise awareness of what we do during PPG Awareness Week and hope that other people will get involved.” Gillian Adams, West Leicestershire’s Lay Board Member for Patient & Public Engagement commented: “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 shape the future of their own local GP surgery. Our PPGs have their own network too which is a great way of sharing good practice. “If you would like to get involved as a PPG member please ask at your GP surgery for further details and if they don’t have one you could ask about setting one up.”