About National Association for Patient Participation

Every person in the United Kingdom has the right to shape the future of primary care. From Shetland to Swansea, from Londonderry to Lincolnshire, we represent 17.5 million patients, all of whom we strive to place at the centre of the primary health and social care agenda.

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Representing 17.5 million people, our knowledge, network and reach means that the patient voice is heard across the echelons, from local practice managers to national policy makers. Stay informed on how our community is influencing primary care by reading our latest news and events.
N.A.P.P. (CIO) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Seminar on Access

N.A.P.P. (CIO) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Seminar on Access

The National Association for Patient Participation (CIO) is holding the first Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by a seminar on the subject of ‘Access’. Date: Saturday 6th November Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Location: Teleconference (via Zoom) Seminar keynote speakers: Dr Farah Jameel (BMA), Gemma Jackson (Chair, Thornton Practice PPG), Closing remarks: Sir Denis Pereira Gray (Patron N.A.P.P.)

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We are recruiting a new Chairperson

We are recruiting a new Chairperson

The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), the national voice for patient participation in Primary Care, is looking to recruit a new Chairperson. The outgoing Chairperson, Dr Folarin Majekodunmi is stepping down after serving a 3-year term

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We are recruiting additional trustees

We are recruiting additional trustees

The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), the national voice for patient participation in Primary Care, is looking to recruit a number of new trustees, including a Board Secretary, to the Board.

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Outcome of the 2021 GP Patient survey

Outcome of the 2021 GP Patient survey

On 8 July NHS England announced the results of the 2021 GP Patient Survey, which provides insights on patients’ experience of primary care services, including access to these services.

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Survey on patient policy priorities and resources – results and next-steps

Survey on patient policy priorities and resources – results and next-steps

From 12 May – 22 April the National Association for Patient participation ran a nation-wide survey, asking both our members and the general public to share the concerns and issues they are facing within primary care.

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Red House Surgery PPG supporting the vaccination of 30,000 patients

Red House Surgery PPG supporting the vaccination of 30,000 patients

Our PPG volunteers, plus some from a sister PPG, plus some unaffiliated volunteers have supported Red House PPG with vaccination clinics since they started in December. So far we have supported the surgery for 31 week’s worth of clinics, providing nearly 4,000 hours of support.

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Background and NAPP’s response to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research

Background and NAPP’s response to NHS Digital’s General Practice Data for Planning and Research

On 12 May 2021, NHS Digital launched its “Improved Collection of GP Data” programme by issuing a data Provision Notice to GPs. The purpose of this new programme is to use primary care data to better plan healthcare services and provide insights into medical research.

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Dolphins PPG Haywards Heath – how we supported the vaccination role out in our community

Dolphins PPG Haywards Heath – how we supported the vaccination role out in our community

The past year certainly gave us all challenges; the first one was learning to use Zoom to keep in touch, have committee meetings, etc! Along with all other leaflets and items in our Practice’s Reception area, the PPG table had to be cleared, but we were given a new, glass fronted display board, and allowed […]

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University Medical Practice PPG, Birmingham – our experience in setting up a PPG

University Medical Practice PPG, Birmingham – our experience in setting up a PPG

Determined to set up a Patient Participation Group, we decided we needed support. As such, we applied for membership of NAPP and paid the joining fee ourselves. This was money very well spent. A small but committed working group of patients are now better informed by NAPP’s very helpful guidance. We are again fired with […]

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Helsby and Elton Patient Participation Group – how we have supported our practice through the pandemic

Helsby and Elton Patient Participation Group – how we have supported our practice through the pandemic

When we first locked down, we asked our practice manager how we could help.  Through our Facebook page we kept our patients informed on the new booking systems in place. We also used the Facebook page to keep people updated with the latest evidence related Covid information as well as any information the practice needed […]

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Schopwick Patient Participation Group – PPG Awareness Week

Schopwick Patient Participation Group – PPG Awareness Week

Our Practice Our practice operates from two sites serving a total of around 13,000 patients. We are lucky that as a teaching practice, it has had the opportunity to recruit some of the best clinicians and support staff and generally receives very positive reviews from patients for the services provided.

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Weymouth & Portland PPGs patient experience survey – some key findings

Weymouth & Portland PPGs patient experience survey – some key findings

As part of Patient Participation Group Awareness Week we are sharing the stories, experiences and insights from our Member PPGs. The following survey results have been shared by the Weymouth & Portland GP Patient Participation Groups (PPG), whose Chairs wanted to give patients a stronger voice throughout Covid-19. In doing so they could better understand […]

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Whitewater Health Patients’ Participation Group – how we adapted our role to meet the changing needs of the Practice

Whitewater Health Patients’ Participation Group – how we adapted our role to meet the changing needs of the Practice

Whitewater Health PPG has eleven members with a variety of backgrounds and skills. The Practice (18,000 patients) is based on two sites in North Hampshire. We have an excellent relationship with the Practice. The Practice Operations Manager and GP attend every PPG meeting.

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Meads Patients’ Participation Group – supporting our practice during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Meads Patients’ Participation Group – supporting our practice during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Meads Medical Centre serves around 9,000 patients in the rapidly growing town of Uckfield in East Sussex. The Patients’ Group, which was formed 10 years ago, has always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the practice. It achieves its key role as a critical friend whilst being positive and supportive.

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Get involved in PPG Awareness week: 31 May – 6 June 2021

Get involved in PPG Awareness week: 31 May – 6 June 2021

Patient Participation Group Awareness Week is fast approaching – let’s work together to share the critical role PPGs play within primary care.

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Have your say – survey on patient policy priorities and resources

Have your say – survey on patient policy priorities and resources

N.A.P.P.’s role is centred around listening to the concerns of patients, understanding the issues they are facing within primary care and escalating this to ensure the patient voice remains at the heart of local, regional and national decision making. As such, we have developed a short survey to gather feedback from our members and the public […]

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Clinical Commissioning Groups to be absorbed into Integrated Care Systems

Clinical Commissioning Groups to be absorbed into Integrated Care Systems

NHS England has proposed that the commissioning functions of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) need to be absorbed into the newly developing integrated care systems (ICS) by April 2022, as part of its plans to “accelerate collaborative ways of working”. This comes as part of a package of proposed changes to legislation designed to hand ICSs […]

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A Case? A Person? A Partner? The Patient in the History of Medicine

A Case? A Person? A Partner? The Patient in the History of Medicine

Our President, Dr Patricia Wilkie, recently completed a paper for the Society of Apothecaries, which explores the history of the patient – from a case, to a person, to a partner.

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Launch of online community platform, VeryConnect

Launch of online community platform, VeryConnect

Our members spoke, and we acted. To support their need to connect with each other, particularly during these trying times,1 February marked the launch of our online community platform, VeryConnect.

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Our response to the BMJ Letter: Patient participation groups could provide huge voluntary support to the NHS

Our response to the BMJ Letter: Patient participation groups could provide huge voluntary support to the NHS

N.A.P.P. was delighted to see the recent letter published in the BMJ by Joan Woolard. This personal insight provides a brief history of Patient Participation Groups and the impact they could have on the NHS, if used effectively.

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Patient Participation Groups’ experiences of operating remotely during the pandemic

Patient Participation Groups’ experiences of operating remotely during the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered profound and rapid changes in general practice. Within weeks of the outbreak in England, the proportion of face-to-face GP consultations shifted from 70% to 23%. Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) play a crucial role in primary care as a key link between patients and general practice. During this period, they too, […]

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