The inaugural meeting of the John Kelso Practice Patients Forum was held on 31 October 2007, the forerunner of today’s Patient Participation Group (PPG). Following the amalgamation of two Practices on site, the first joint meeting of the John Kelso PPG and the Stockwell PPG took place on 22 May 2012 when it became known as the Park Medical PPG.
Now, as part of the National Health Service Contract all GP Practices are required to have Patient Participation Groups.
Who are we?
We are two groups of volunteers. The PPG meet once every two months. We also have an associate or virtual PPG (VPPG) who use the computer to communicate ideas and give opinions. Membership is open and free to all patients or carers of patients.
All are welcome
All, who feel they can make a contribution, are very welcome. We need new members including younger members and carers of patients.
What do we do?
Our objectives are to work in partnership with the Practice to help patients take more responsibility for their health, contribute to the improvement of patient services and quality of care, improve communication between practice and patients and give practical support to the Practice and help implement change.
So, how do we do it?
We aim to work individually, or in small groups, with clinicians where appropriate, to a flexible action plan.
During 2018 we have had PPG members to lead health promotions on National Walking Month when we prepared a Walking for Health leaflet, National Carers Week, Bowel and Stomach Complaints, COPD, Hearing Loss, Domestic Violence and Falls Prevention.
Areas for future consideration are: National No Smoking Day, Parkinsons Awareness Week, National Walking Week, National Arthritis Week and Domestic Violence.
We meet with the other practices in town. Jointly we have written to the Clinical Commissioning Group objecting to their decisions to cut local funding for phlebotomy and hearing aids.
We lobbied the Secretary of State for Health over the threatened closure of beds and services at Leek Moorlands Hospital.
We talk to patients, seek opinions and discuss any concerns with the Practice. We have good liaison with the Practice which is a strong two way relationship.
We welcome practical ideas on how to improve patient care.