1. How can we recruit more members?
There are a number of ways to attract new members to your PPG beyond simply putting up posters or leaving leaflets in the practice waiting room. This could include holding an open evening or event where prospective members can find out about what the group does and how it works; targeting individuals to invite to become part of the group; and publicising the group and calling for members through local media.
If you’re trying to recruit a certain demographic, for example more young mums, why not try approaching relevant local community groups, such as mother and toddler groups or a National Childbirth Trust group?
2. I’d like to promote some of the work we’ve been doing – what is the best way to do this?
Regularly showcasing the work of the PPG to practice staff and the wider patient population is important in demonstrating its value and attracting interest from prospective new members. Equally, it can be a good way of ensuring the PCT is aware of the work being done and inspiring those in neighbouring practices to set up a group. Popular options for highlighting PPG successes include featuring updates and case studies of your work on the practice website, displaying photos of a recent event on the surgery notice board, or even holding regular PPG ‘surgeries’ in the practice waiting room to give patients the opportunity to informally ask questions and find out more about their PPG.
3. We’ve recently had some members dropping out of the group. Do you have any tips for retaining members?
It’s inevitable that from time to time you will have some members dropping out, however it’s worth getting feedback on the reasons to help you to retain members. Some simple things to consider are:
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4. What’s the best way of keeping discussions ‘fresh’?
If you feel the group is running out of steam or lacking inspiration, a simple change of scenery may be the answer. Why not consider meeting over a drink at the local pub, or taking turns to host a meeting in each other’s houses instead of at the surgery? The fresh environment might spark new ideas! Similarly, changing the format of the meetings, or asking a new member to chair for one session could help put a fresh perspective on discussions.
If some members feel nervous at airing their views, why not consider introducing an anonymous questions box where members can suggest agenda items for next time?
5. Where can I get ideas on new initiatives that have worked for other PPGs?
The case studies section of this website includes examples of successes from groups across the country. You could also consider contacting other practices in the area who are running PPGs. They may be able to offer some suggestions on activities that they have successfully run.
Examples of the work of existing PPGs include:
6. Some PPGs have constitutions. Where can we view examples for some inspiration?
There are some examples of PPG constitutions in the members section.