N.A.P.P. gives evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health
The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), the national voice for patient participation in Primary Care, has given evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group’s Inquiry into the Five Year Forward View. The Five Year Forward View emphasises the importance of local community assets being part of the change solution. PPGs are a critical local community asset and we believe they can play an important, unique, role in helping primary care engage with its community.
The Inquiry was particularly interested in the expectations on us all – as patients – to change our own behaviour and to take more responsibility for our health. It also wanted to know what helps make information and signposting to services more effective.
Through a survey of primarily N.A.P.P. members, we gathered the views of over 2,300 patients. This was translated into a short piece of written evidence for the Inquiry Group. N.A.P.P.’s President and Chairman, Dr Patricia Wilkie, and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Devlin, presented our evidence to the Inquiry on 14th December.
Our evidence showed that:
Our survey confirms that patients are well-aware of key behavioural changes that impact positively on physical and mental health and wellbeing, including stopping smoking, exercising more, and reducing alcohol and sugar consumption. Such patient awareness is a critical part of successful prevention strategies helping people sustain their health and wellbeing.
N.A.P.P. presented ten key messages, reflecting the feedback we had gathered:
Dr Wilkie said “I am pleased that we were able to give the Inquiry such a strong patients’ perspective on some of the proposals in the Five Year Forward View. Patients are clear that they themselves are the person most responsible for sustaining and improving their health and self care. However, they need support and help in this. Critically, information for patients must be in plain English (and similar in other languages), and should be supported by other forms of information, including face-to-face contact with GPs, accurate web-based information, and advertising campaigns. In addition, it is critical that the NHS and local government involve and work with patients and the public in discussions, negotiations and decisions in relation to health and social care. The All Party Parliamentary Group was very interested in what we, as the national voice for patient participation in Primary Care, had to say on behalf of our members, and I’d like to thank everyone who took part in our survey.”
You can read our written evidence to the Inquiry here: