Your PPG

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

The majority of GP practices in Stafford and its surrounding areas have established Patient Participation Groups which provide an opportunity for patients to get involved at a local level.

The groups not only enable patients to be kept up to date about their own practice but also to hear about projects being undertaken by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) including proposals to develop new services in the area.

Interested?

If you are interested in joining a Patient Participation Group, please contact your local GP Practice.

If your practice does not currently have a group in place but you would still like to get involved in decisions about local health care services please contact us.

PPG Handbook

To support members of PPGs and to enable them to make a real contribution to the health and wellbeing of their local community, we have developed a PPG Handbook. Feedback from our members told us that even as members of PPGs, people do not always understand the role of the CCG, its relationship with other NHS partners and the role that PPGs can play.

The PPG Handbook was created in partnership with PPG members and aims to develop a greater understanding of how the CCG and other parts of the NHS work. It also aims to give PPG members the confidence to help us to spread this understanding more widely in the community, so that a broader range of people can become involved in the development of effective and sustainable health and care services.

Stafford District Patient Participation Group

In addition to the Practice-based Patient Participation Groups, the CCG has established a District Patient Participation Group. The District group brings together representatives from each of the practice groups and aims to improve and extend the CCG’s communication and engagement with the wider public.

Other resources

NHS England’s Public Participation team has published new participation guides focusing on topics such as online participation, diverse and inclusive participation and how to run focus groups. There are now 13 guides in the series and these are available on NHS England’s Involvement Hub, alongside other resources and best practice case studies. To suggest a topic for a new guide, or to provide feedback on existing guides, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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