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Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

What is a PPG?

PPGs are a route for patients to advise and inform the GP practice they are registered with, what matters most to patients and help identify solutions to problems. They are a group of practice users who care about the way the practice works and the service it provides.

Purpose

To help in the planning, provision and delivery of local healthcare services and practice issues representing patient views.  PPGs work with GP practices in order to identify priorities for patients and contribute to proposals for any improvements in continuity of care.

Membership

A PPG group is run by patients and they work closely with the practice and members of the practice team, including General Practitioners.
 

Interested in joining a local PPG?

If you would like to get involved why not contact your local GP practice and ask if they have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) or you could find information on their practice website.

Health Reference Group

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has developed a number of opportunities for patients to support the development of services and commissioning plans, which include public meetings, the Health Network and Patient Participation Groups (PPGs).


As well as these opportunities for patients and stakeholders to input into local health services, the CCG has set up our Health Reference Group (HRG). This is a permanent working group that forms an integral part of the CCG’s strategic processes.

Purpose

The Health Reference Group represents the voices of Thanet patients, public and stakeholders. They work with the CCG commissioners to support them around public and patient involvement in the CCG’s commissioning intentions.
The Group will work in partnership with the voluntary sector and will exchange information, ideas and viewpoints so that the Group actively influences service development and provision.

Membership

The Health Reference Group comprises membership that includes the chairs of locality PPGs. The locality PPGs are made up of all the chairs of our town-based GP practices, representing practices across Thanet. 

Previous Health Reference Group Meetings


How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved why not contact your local GP practice and ask if they have a PPG that you could join or talk to them about becoming a representative at the Thanet CCG's (PPG) or HRG and have a voice in decision-making processes. 

Alternatively, you can join the Thanet Health Network here and help us by taking part in focus groups or surveys or come and talk to us at our public meetings to make sure your voice is heard.

Local GP Practices

A current map of local GP practices. Find out if theres a PPG in your area.

Further information 

If you have any questions about the Health Reference Group or are interested in finding out more please contact:-

Local Delivery Group

  • The Thanet Local Delivery Group provides assurance and strategic overview for Thanet CCG and Kent County Council of the continued development of services in and around Thanet.
  • Facilitates and oversees the implementation of the work plan.
  • The Group work closely with neighbouring CCGs on a five-year year Strategy and KCC’s ‘Facing the Challenge’, ensuring that the developments supports out of hospital commissioning plans.

Membership

The group comprises clinical members of the CCG as well as staff from the CCG but should include:

  • A chairperson – GP
  • Assistant chairperson
  • GP lead representation
  • Lay members
  • Patient
  • Representative from PPG.


How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved why not contact your local PPG about becoming a representative at the Local Delivery Group.