PPG Awareness Week aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation also to promote the support available from N.A.P.P.
Dr Phil Hammond, GP turned hospital doctor, journalist and broadcaster supporting Patient Participation Awareness Week had this to say:
“Patients and carers are the smoke alarms for the frontline of the NHS. They are often first to spot poor care and also have great ideas about how to make care better. They need to be involved in decisions not just about their care, but in designing better care for others. Patient Participation Groups are a crucial way of harnessing the voice of the patient in primary care, and have much to contribute in driving up quality”
We will be commemorating PPG Awareness week through VeryConnect and our other social media channels and will be encouraging our members to do the same.
We hope that all our members (and non-members!) will join with us to ‘make some noise’ about the excellent work groups undertake in partnership with their practices by organising awareness raising activities during this week.