What is a Participation Group
A Participation Group is a means for patients and GP Practices to work together to improve and develop the service delivery of the Practice. One of the main aims of the group is to strengthen relationships between the Practice and Patients.
The beauty of PPGs is that there is no set way in which they work - the aims and work of each group entirely depends on local needs - but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient, and improving health, at the heart of everything it does.
The Jessop Medical Practice fully supports the group, Senior Staff and a GP attend meetings of the group which are held approximately every two months. It should be stressed that the meetings are not complaint forums. The aim is make suggestions and to support and monitor changes and improvements to the services provided by the practice. The format works well and has achieved a number of successes by working closely with the practice Please take your time to read the "Practice Patient Survey Results and Summary for 2015.
Membership is open to all patients of the Practice and we are always looking for new members. Do you have experience or a skill that you think will be useful to the group? The Group is keen to enlist membership from minority groups who we feel are under represented. The partners of the practice are very keen to consult with minority groups and are actively involved with an "Enhanced Survey" initiative.
If you are unable or do not wish to attend the meetings in person for any reason or through a disability but would like to have your say why not become a virtual member. Virtual members will receive information, agendas and minutes of meetings by E Mail. If you have a suggestion or would like a particular subject discussed on your behalf there is the opportunity to have the item placed on the agenda. This means of membership is ideal for carers for instance.
One way to help the practice is to undertake a survey to ascertain the views of patients. This is undertaken annually at the Flu Vaccination Clinics and conducted by the PPG. If you took part, many thanks as the results are invaluable in assisting the practice to further improve the service they provide.
Members of the group attend "Health Forums" run by the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group where amongst other topics, future developments in the Health Service are discussed. Patient feedback through PPGs helps the CCG make important decisions on how to develop the services they provide.