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Patient Participation Groups

Patient Participation Groups provide an opportunity for patients to be involved in decisions about the range and quality of services provided by their GP practice and the planning of services by NHS Newark & Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group.

Purpose of Patient Participation Groups

Patient Participation Groups are autonomous and choose to operate in a way that suits local circumstances. Usually, a selection of patients and practice staff, meet at regular intervals to decide ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practice to the patients in the local community. They provide an opportunity for:

  ~ practice staff and patients to discuss topics of mutual interest in their practice.

  ~ patients to make positive suggestions about the practice, for example, appointment  systems, premises, information provision.

  ~ practice staff and patients to discuss the results of the Friends and Family Test to identify areas of good practice and areas of improvement.

To involve further patients from the wider population some practices have also developed virtual networks. This enables those patients who prefer not to attend meetings to keep up-to-date with what is happening at their practice and provide comments using electronic mail. They will also have the opportunity to respond to surveys posted on practice websites.

Network News

Network News is a quarterly newsletter produced for Patient Participation Groups, copies are available by clicking here.

Interested? Why not find out more ….

Across Newark & Sherwood, all practices have established Patient Participation Groups for their practice. If you would like to find out more information, please ask the Practice Manager at your surgery.

Mid Nottinghamshire PPG Event – Tuesday 11 December 2018

A joint PPG Event was held on the 11 December 2018 bring together the 40 PPGs across the localities. The event was a celebration to thank the PPG members for their continued commitment and support to patient participation. The event was presented in partnership with the Patient and Public Engagement Committee.

The event brought PPGs together to share work they had done with their practices to make a difference for their community. Lombard Street Medical Centre, Collingham Medical Centre, Brierley Park Surgery and Forest Medical Practice. There was a also a free raffle for participants and light refreshments.

Here is a copy of the Evaluation from the event.

PPG Networking Event March 2018

A PPG Networking Event took place on the 28 March 2018.  Here's a copy of the evaluation and feedback from the day

A Networking Event took on the 18 September 2018 for Newark PPGs.  Here are a copy of the slides from the event.  A full evaluation is being prepared with feedback and will be uploaded to our website shortly. 

For PPGs in Sherwood, we are hosting a PPG Networking Event on the 7 November 2018 from 2pm - 4pm at the Village Hall in Blidworth.  If you are interested in attending and finding out more then please contact Lis Lawrence at Newark and Sherwood CVS at

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