Our Patient Participation Group (PPG)
We are sure most of our patients are aware of the huge changes within the NHS currently involving GP practices managing new ways to provide funding and commissioning services.
Patients need to have a voice to say how this money should be spent to provide the best services for our practice community. The overall aim of our group [PPG] is to develop a positive and constructive relationship between patients, the Practice and the community it serves, ensuring the practice remains accountable and responsive to all its patients’ needs.
Who we are
We are the Patient Participation Group (PPG) of Botley Surgery. We are registered patients of the practice who have volunteered in response to requests to establish a PPG within the practice.
What we are here to do, our aims and objectives:
To promote the benefit and well-being of the patients of the practice without distinction of age, gender, race, and other equality characteristics
To support and facilitate positive and effective two-way communication between the practice and its patients
To offer constructive criticism as appropriate
To represent the patient voice in the development and implementation of practice policy
To encourage and support the practice in involving patients in their own care
To support and encourage the practice in its dealings with other bodies
How we work
A chair and secretary of the PPG are elected annually at an AGM
We meet approximately two-monthly, a minimum of four times a year, and at other times as necessary
Members of the practice, including partners, attend PPG meetings on a regular basis
The PPG membership seeks to reflect the patients’ profile of the practice (e.g. age, gender, race, and other equality characteristics) as well as seeking representation from different components of the patient population such as carers, patients with long-term illnesses or disabilities (whether physical or mental), and parents with young children
The PPG membership is committed to confidentiality, including individual patient experience information
We seek to establish the views of patients towards the Practice in whatever way may be feasible or practical, such as an annual survey or the Friends and Families Test
We seek to involve ourselves in the work of the Practice in whatever ways may be helpful to the Practice and its patients
We review these Terms of Reference regularly to monitor our effectiveness in fulfilling them.