Patient Participation Group

What is a Patient Participation group (PPG)?

A PPG is a forum where patients “work with their Practices to offer practice support, to help patients to take more responsibility for their own health, and to provide strategic input and advice. They are based on co-operation between the Practice Staff and Patients. They help to improve communication”.

As defined by National Association for Patient Participation.

What is the purpose of a PPG?

  • To give Practice Staff and Patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest in their Practice
  • To provide means for patients to make positive suggestions about the Practice and specific medical conditions as an ‘expert’ or ‘experienced patient’
  • To encourage health education activities within the Practice
  • To develop self-help projects to meet the needs of fellow patients, such as befriending, help with transport and bereavement support
  • To act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care
  • To involve patients from the wider population

If you would like to be involved the Practice’s PPG, please read our PPG Terms of Reference. Copies of these documents are also available for viewing at the Practice.

Healthwatch St. Helens

Healthwatch St. Helens was created to find out what local people think about the health and social care services they use

They then work with health and social care providers to take action and make things better for the St Helens community.

For more information about Healthwatch St. Helens, please visit the Heathwatch St. Helens website, or contact them on 0300 111 0007.