In this blog, Pat Roberts, Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) lay member for Wolverhampton CCG, tells us about her experience of supporting PPGs in Wolverhampton
Part of my role here at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to listen and engage with patients in the City. I ensure that the patient voice is included in all the work of the CCG and express the patient viewpoint at the Governing Body meetings. In order to do this we have an engagement framework to reach as many patient groups as possible. GP surgeries have created PPGs, to listen and communicate with their patients. As there are 47 practices in Wolverhampton, we arrange a quarterly forum for PPG Chairs to meet and network - this is a good way for me to hear what the issues are, not only about GP surgeries but other services too.
So, how would a PPG form? Usually the practice manager starts the PPG by recruiting a variety of patients and holding a meeting to decide what direction the patients wish to take the group. A patient is usually elected chair and patients decide the agenda and eventually have ownership of the group.