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Growing PPG networks and effectiveness in the Midlands and Eastern England

Growing PPG networks and effectiveness in the Midland and East (Central Midlands) region

During 2017-18, N.A.P.P. was commissioned by NHS England to work with PPGs, Practice Managers and Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) leads in 15 Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) in the NHS England, Midlands, and East (Central Midlands) region. The project aimed to help grow PPG networks, and to increase the effectiveness of PPG networks and of PPGs in their practices.

The project engaged with at least 725 individual PPG members, members of the public, and Practice Managers, through a series of network meetings and other engagement events.

The project highlighted a number of themes:

  • Variance in PPG effectiveness
  • Variance in the engagement activity coordinated by CCG PPE leads
  • Variance in the engagement of PPGs in merging or federating practices
  • There is potential for much more sharing of good practice and solutions to challenges
  • There is the potential for much more PPG engagement with social media
  • PPG involvement in quality improvement in primary care

The project generated 14 recommendations that are currently being considered for implementation by NHS England, and has been well-received.

N.A.P.P. hopes that, in due course, it may be possible to secure support from other NHS England regions to carry out similar projects.

A summary report on the project giving more information on the themes and the recommendations can be read here.