Patient empowerment (4) Patient Participation Group (PPG)

20 May, 2022

Our experiences with a PPG [*see note below] that helped design a new patient centred medical centre and trained patients to access records and ran a library in the practice was that patients lose interest if they achieve nothing but stay involved if they achieve something - even if it is just changing the colour of a door handle. When we set up a local commissioning group with patients many years ago we had one patient er practice and one GP per practice. I suggested that the patients had a vote in the decisions but was overruled - maybe rightly?


HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT

[*Note from NPW, moderator: 'A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is generally used to describe a patient group based in a GP practice. It is led by patients but run in partnership with the GP practice' ]