Visit your GP practice in Slough, Ascot, Maidenhead or Windsor on the 9th June to share your thoughts on how local health services can be improved!
GP practices across Slough, Bracknell, Ascot, Maidenhead and Windsor are encouraging patients to help make a difference and join their Patient Participation Group (PPG). All GP surgeries in Slough and seven practices across Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead are holding an “Open Day” hosted by the PPGs on the 9th June.
The objective is to help create awareness of the important work that PPGs do, and encourage other patients and carers to sign up and join in. On the day, patients will also be asked to complete a short survey about how local health services can be improved.
The patient voice is gaining in momentum as the improvements in primary care evolve. Patient views are vital in defining areas of improvement within the practice and in informing decisions affecting local services. This is fed through to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who has responsibility for commissioning services to meet local needs.
Karen Maskell, Lay Member, Bracknell and Ascot CCG said: “As everyone is aware in the national press, there has never been a greater need to ensure sustainability of primary care. Being part of the GP Patient Group is an excellent opportunity to be part of this process. Patient groups can influence the care at GP practice level but also, have the opportunity to influence wider health and social care via the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Every GP Patient Group works slightly differently, and you may not need to attend meetings to be involved. I would encourage everyone to find out about how your GP practice patient group works and to get involved. We all have something to contribute!”
Mike Connolly, Lay Member, Slough CCG said: “This is the third year that Slough GP practices are holding “Open Days”. These are an excellent way to reach out to patients and explain the work that Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) do and the role they play in supporting practices to listen to their patients. PPG representatives from each Practice make up a Slough wide Patient Reference Group and we work with commissioners to support the design of local NHS services such as seven day working and other important projects, which cannot go forward without public involvement. We are keen for our PPGs to grow and would love to hear from anyone who would like to be involved.”
Robert Cooper, Lay Member, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG said: “Your views are vital in identifying areas for improvement in your GP surgery and in informing decisions made by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the commissioning of services to meet local needs. Please let us know your views on the services you receive from your GP practice by completing the questionnaire available at your GP practice or on our website https://www.eastberksccgs.nhs.uk/consult.ti.”
Patient groups are made up of volunteers of patients, doctors and practice staff who meet regularly to decide ways to make a positive contribution to the continual improvement of services and facilities offered by the practice. The PPG also encourages the voice of the patient population to be heard.
No specific skills or experience are needed to join a PPG. If you are a patient of the practice and are prepared to share your views in a constructive way for the improvement of the practice, then you will be welcome. Some enthusiasm and a little time to offer your involvement would be very valuable.
From our experience excellent practices and good PPGs go hand in hand! Go to the Open Day or speak to your GP receptionist to find out about how you can get involved!
Notes to editors:
- Throughout this press release, GP Patient Groups are synonymous for Patient Participation Groups (PPGs).
- The PPG Awareness Week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978.
- The online questionnaires for Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead will be available online from Thursday 9th June here: https://www.eastberksccgs.nhs.uk/consult.ti
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