Put simply, a PPG is a way that patients can take an active interest in their own health care. To be effective, local health care provision has to be of a high quality and to address patients' needs.
This is where a PPG can make a difference. Most groups engage in activities which benefit their own patient lists, enhance the work of the Practice and act as a useful sounding board for change within the Practice. The PPG is made up of Patient Representatives working closely with the GPs to develop a common understanding of patients' needs and then to address these needs in whatever way is possible.
The agenda for a particular group depends on the local needs and interests of the participants. The existing groups have involved themselves in a wide range of activities, some of which will be relevant to us and some of which may not be appropriate.