GP Patient Participation Groups

The majority of GP Practices in North Yorkshire have a group of patients working with them to help improve services, often referred to as a Patient Participation Group (PPG).

If you are interested in joining your GP group, the first thing to do is to talk to the Practice Manager at your GP practice. There may already be a group, there may have been one in the past or this may all be new.

Helpful resources

Working with practices, PPGs and the PPG Network, we are building a library of tools and resources to help groups across North Yorkshire.

The following resources can support people in their Patient Participation Groups (PPGs):

Patient Participation Group – Terms of Reference: a template to give PPGs a guide as to what their scope and limitations are.

Patient Participation Group – Ground Rules: An example of ground rules that can be used within a PPG, more can be added as needed

Growing patient participation – a step-by-step guide to setting up a patient participation group in a GP practice

Understanding NHS jargon

When you are new to working with the NHS it can be difficult to get used to some of the language and terms that are used. This acronym buster might be helpful alongside our understanding the NHS section.

‘Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)’ also has a useful care and support jargon buster that includes terms related to health and social care.

There is also an easy read glossary – to help to talk about the NHS with people with a learning disability.

There's further information, here.

Useful links

The following links may be of interest for ideas, tools or resources:

National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) - The national voice for patient participation in primary care

Public Health England – Campaign Resource Centre – you can request resource packs if you want to support a Public Health England campaign

National Institute Health Research – You can find out how your local PPG can get involved in local health research

See also