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Swindon Patient Participation Group (PPG) Forum

Posted on 15/10/2018

Swindon Patient Participation Group (PPG) Forum 


 Our work with Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) at GP surgeries includes support to individual groups and the development of PPGs, over a number of years, and our PPG forum brings representatives from surgeries together.

Healthwatch Swindon has been instrumental in supporting PPGs throughout Swindon and worked with NHS England to develop a national guide to help establish, implement and maintain an effective PPG.

The guide is a simple framework to support PPGs, working with practice staff, to hear the views of the broadest spectrum of patients and help to improve everyone's experience of the care they receive. The framework was launched in July 2015. This page includes a link to it, to notes of the PPG forum meetings and more.

What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

  • A PPG is a group of patients of a surgery, usually working with a member of staff, who want to help it work as well as it can for patients, doctors and staff.
  • As a patient, parent, carer or friend that has visited the surgery, your experiences matter and can bring different ideas to how the surgery considers patients.
  • You could also support the surgery to gather other feedback from patients to identify areas for discussion or improvements.
  • PPGs can meet regularly at the surgery and can also exist as "virtual" groups using email networks and social media.
  • For further information about PPGs or to find out if your surgery has one, contact us at Healthwatch Swindon - or contact your surgery


Read the Healthwatch Swindon PPG Forum - Meeting notes, Reports and Resources here



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