PPGs are groups of patients who contribute feedback, ideas, and suggestions directly to their GP practice. They are an effective network of local people interested in health care and services who can bring the voice and experience of patients into the heart of the CCG.
They are run by volunteer patients and practice managers. If you’re not a member of your PPG and would like to join, contact your practice manager to find out more.
Many PPGs run meetings at their practices.
They also use email and social media to connect with members, so even if you are only an occasional user of your local surgery or cannot attend meetings, you will be able to share your views.
How do I join my PPG?
If you would like to join a PPG, please contact your GP practice directly.
What PPG events are happening soon?
Future PPG events are listed on the Events page.
I need resources to start or develop a PPG
Promotion resources for PPGS
You can find a poster advertising PPGs in the table below, which can be used by PPGs and practices to promote PPG membership.
The PPG Newsletter
Brighton and Hove CCG sends out a regular newsletter for PPGs. You can find previous editions of the PPG Newsletter in the table below.
If you'd like to sign up to recive the Newsletter or submit an item for inclusion in the PPG Newsletter, please contact the Engagement Team.
The CCG Engagement Team
The CCG's Engagement Team helps to develop and support Patient Participation Groups. You can contact the team at BHCCG.Participation@nhs.net
Community Works Brighton work with us to help support PPGs. If you are a PPG and would like support, please contact Community Works Brighton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is the independent watchdog for health and social care services in Brighton and Hove. Patients in Brighton and Hove are invited to get involved in their work. They also publish independant reports on GP Practices.
PPG Toolkit Stage 1
The PPG Toolkit is designed to be used by PPGs in the early stages of their development and was published by Brighton Community Works and commissioned by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). You can find the toolkit in the table below.
Patient Participation Group Awareness Week
National PPG Awareness Week is held in June each year. It aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation and also to promote the support available from The National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP).
Although the aim of this guide was originally to help and support GPs, Practice Managers and patients within Northern Ireland, it's also a great guide for budding PPGs in the UK. It contains essential information on what a PPG is, the benefits of having one, and what is involved in the start-up process.
NAPP has published its latest online bulletin, which contains useful resources. You can find previous NAPP Bulletins on the NAPP website.
The PPG Network
In Brighton and Hove, there is a city-wide PPG Network, with members from PPGs across the city. This is a forum for sharing information about PPGs and for feeding back on NHS services.
Brighton and Hove's PPG Network holds meetings every four months. You can find Terms of Reference for the PPG Network Meeting below. Future meeting dates are listed on the Events page.
PPG Meeting Reporting
Individual Patient Participation Groups are asked to let the PPG Network know what is discussed at each meeting. This helps the PPG Network to pick up on city-wide issues and common themes for discussion.
Please see the table below for the PPG Meeting Reporting Form.