The CCG is fortunate that many of our GP practices have active Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and we have a close working relationship with many of the PPG chairs and members.
For those practices that are struggling to establish an active PPG, the CCG's communications and engagement team are happy provide a bespoke support programme, working closely with practice managers, to identify and resolve issues. This can range from providing advice and guidance, to materials (such as flyers and posters) and advertising. Contact us using the details below to find out more.
PPGs are an invaluable network of people and groups, who span right across the CCG’s footprint. The CCG invests in a yearly PPG education and celebration event, usually taking place during PPG Awareness Week, to bring together PPGs from across the area to share best practice and hear from local and national speakers.
The CCG also facilitates a more regular meeting for PPGs to come together to receive and give updates about the NHS and primary care locally; the Birmingham and Solihull PPG Forum.
What does a PPG do?
PPGs are GP practice based patient groups, which work in partnership with their practices to:
- Help patients to take more responsibility for their health
- Contribute to the continuous improvement of services and quality of care
- Develop communication between the practice and its patients
- Provide practical support for the practice and help to implement change.
Support for PPGs
We provide tailored and bespoke support for PPGs, whether they are established and want to do something creative or a new group that is just starting up.
We recently helped a PPG Chair based in Sutton Coldfield. You can read her story about how we worked together here.
We are currently working with Hawkesley Medical Practice, to encourage patients to set up a new PPG. You can find out more here.
- Find out more about PPGs and how you can get involved by contacting your GP practice reception
- You can find our PPG postcard here - fill it in and give it to your GP practice reception, or give it to patients when recruiting to your PPG