Join a PPG

What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

A PPG is a group of patients registered with a GP surgery who have no medical training but have an interest in the services provided.

What is the aim of a PPG?

The aim of the PPG is to represent patients' views and cross barriers, embracing diversity and to work in partnership with the surgery to improve common understanding. PPGs are making a real difference across the UK.

What is the purpose of a PPG?

  • To give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest in their practice
  • To raise certain issues and opinions from the point of view of the patients and carers 
  • To offer an open and confidential forum for all patients to voice their concerns
  • To offer an open and confidential forum for all patients to listen to what other patients have to say about health services which are important to them
  • To encourage support and health education activities within the practice
  • To develop self-help projects or strategic projects to meet the needs of fellow patients, such as befriending, help with transport and bereavement support
  • To help patients understand the current challenges faced in general practice
  • To act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care
  • Positive patient experience has been associated with: better outcomes and recovery rates. And better patient safety and clinical effectiveness. Services are better designed around the needs of patients, service users and carers when they are involved in the commissioning process

Merton lodge

"Our Patient Participation Group recognises that in order to improve and maintain health and care services for a sustained quality of life, patients should have a key role in working in partnership with staff at our surgery for maintaining and improving services. We have a good working relationship. Our PPG is striving to make links between health and community cohesion. We encourage and actively support patients to enquire, develop and submit their own ideas about health and care in the local community.

An example of the PPG's links to community engagement has led to a member of the Committee receiving a certificate and gift voucher as the 30th learner to successfully complete Lincolnshire Volunteer Card training. We have also developed a website ( with a Facebook page and a Twitter feed to aid wider patient engagement.”

Merton Lodge, Alford Group of Doctors

If you are interested in finding your nearest PPG or would like more information, please contact a member of the communications and engagement team on 01522 515305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For support and guidance please visit the National Association for Patient Participation