1. I’m interested in getting involved in a PPG but my local GP surgery doesn’t have a group set up. How can I encourage them to get one off the ground?
The best place to start is by raising the idea with your GP or the surgery’s practice manager, and if necessary signposting them to this website for more information about the benefits of having an active group.
It may well be that the practice is just waiting for a proactive volunteer to help them set the group up.
Frequently Asked Questions
2. I’d like to join my local PPG, but I don’t have a background in healthcare. Does this matter?
Not at all, in fact no formal training is required to be a member of a PPG. Members can often bring their own skills to the task (for example, any writing experience can be helpful in developing and contributing to a PPG newsletter), but most importantly they just need to be keen and focused on taking positive action to help the practice and the local patient population.
PPG members act as critical friends of the practice.
Training for PPG members is organised on a local basis. Any PPG that would like to have training provided, for example to help in setting up education initiatives on managing common health issues, should approach their Clinical Commissioning Group, who may be able to commission the training that is needed.
3. What are the time commitments for a member of the public?
Involvement in a PPG tends to include attendance at monthly, bimonthly or quarterly meetings. Some PPG members will choose to take on additional roles that are more time consuming, such as editing/contributing to the PPG newsletter or setting up and running health education or fundraising events. This additional contribution allows the PPG to have more of a positive impact on the practice and the local population.
4. Is there a financial commitment for anyone joining a PPG?
There is rarely any financial commitment involved in joining a PPG. A few PPGs do run effective membership schemes however, involving a small joining fee which goes directly towards the activities of the PPG.