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BuildingBetterMay 16 2016

New resources have been published supporting GP practices with the need to have a patient participation group (PPG) in place. The requirement was introduced into the GP contract in England with effect from April 2016.

‘Building better participation’ is a framework of four inter-linking areas:

  • getting PPGs in place
  • helping PPGs work well
  • knowing and working with patients
  • influencing beyond the GP practice.

It has been developed by the National Association for Patient Participation, and aims to help PPGs work consistently towards a broad set of goals while fully retaining their independence. The guide has been designed so that PPGs and their practice can use the elements most useful to them, rather than being a tool that to work through systematically.

NAPP President and Chairman, Dr Patricia Wilkie, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to work with NHS England to produce this guide. Now that all GP practices must have a PPG, this guide will help every PPG and practice be even more effective in working together for the benefit of patients.”

NHS England funding means the document has been written with English PPGs and GP practices primarily in mind, but “it should also be of value to PPGs and GP practices in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,” said the Association.

Professor Nigel Mathers, RCGP Honorary Secretary, added: “Where Patient Participation Groups and GP practices are working well together, these partnerships have already brought significant value to patients and practice staff. We welcome the introduction of this new guide to help more practices collaborate in this way and reap the benefits of effective patient involvement.”

The Family Doctor Association has described the BBP guide as “a handy resource”, saying the guide “is designed so a PPG can dip in to use the parts of most relevance and covers a range of topics from getting a PPG established to working to forming working relationships with patients and the wider community.”

Links:

NAPP Building Better Participation announcement

NAPP Building Better Participation document

FDA comment

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