National Patient Participation Week - June 1 to 6, 2015
Somerset’s family doctors are encouraging patients and the public to find out more about their local health service and share their views and experiences of their GP Practice with their Patient Participation Group.
This week is National Patient Participation Week (1 to the 6 June 2015) and almost the entire county’s 76 GP surgeries now have a Patient Participation Group.
PPG members work in partnership with GPs and practice teams ensuring the patients’ perspective is at the heart of local service provision and that services maintain consistently high standards.
PPGs also provide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communications between the practice and its patients and help patients understand the importance of taking more responsibility for their health.
For instance, this year the Cheddar Patient Participation Group is raising awareness of ‘Connecting Cheddar’ and encouraging patients to find out more about the wealth of local health information now online. This includes a demonstration event on Friday June 5th and Saturday 6th - 9.30am to 1pm at Cheddar Library.
John Pimblott, Chair Cheddar Medical Centre Patient Group, said: “More and more people are realising that the internet can be a very helpful place to access information about health and local health and social care services. We have invited all Cheddar groups and societies to come along and register on the Somerset County Council’s ‘Choices’ website as part of the Cheddar Choices directory. This Friday and Saturday we hope to show patients and the public who visit Cheddar Library the range of information now available to them online.”
In North Petherton, Patient Participation Group members held a Healthy Lifestyle Day on Tuesday 2 June, encouraging young mums and older residents to discuss the many ways they can manage their own health and make best use of their GP services. A local pharmacist also explained their role in helping patients manage minor illness and ailments more effectively without the need to keep visiting the GP surgery.
Patient, carers or the public who would want to find out about their Patient Participation Group can do so by simply asking their GP Practice receptionist.
Information about National Association of Patient Participation Group’s Awareness Week and the role of PPG’s can be found on their web site: http://www.napp.org.uk/ppgawarenessweek.html