As of Summer 2021, The Woodlands Practice and Chislehurst Medical Practice became a joint Patient Participation Group (PPG).
The PPG is a group of patients and practice staff who meet at regular intervals to decide ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practices to their patients. ie a critical, but supportive, friend.
Patient Participation Group Aims
The Patient Participation Group’s (PPG) aims are to:
- act as a bridge between the practices & their patients
- champion patients’ voices at PPG meetings
- provide information to patients through newsletters and other media
- provide feedback to the practices from the patients
- listen and act upon patient views
- facilitate the practices, as appropriate, with plans to move to the Library site
- act as a representative group that can be called upon to influence the local provision of health and social care.
How does the PPG meet?
The PPG panel consists of both a virtual group, connected together via an email distribution group, and an ‘actual’ group.
The actual group meets in person or by Zoom (depending on covid restrictions) about 4 times a year. The meeting is attended by the practice manager and sometimes by a GP. We also have meetings outside these times to discuss specific issues as and when they arise and organise presentations.
Not everyone who is on our virtual panel attends the meetings but may let us know if there are any particular matters they wish to discuss.
We really appreciate the members of our patient panel who give up their time to represent the patient voice of the surgery. We are looking to be more representative so do please think about joining us. If you think you would like to be involved or have a suggestion, and are a current patient of either practice, please contact us
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Via suggestion boxes in both surgery waiting rooms
- By asking reception staff to forward your details to Alison Stammers, chair.
We do have a few ground rules, namely
We ask all members to sign and return our Terms of Reference & Confidentiality Agreements.
The following documents are available to read here:
Terms of Reference
PPG Confidentiality Agreement
Roles & Responsibilities
Contact the Patient Participation Group
If you have any suggestions, comments and feedback for the PPG please email us at email@example.com
We’re here to listen – and respond!
If you have a complaint, please follow the individual practice’s complaints procedure.
Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChislehurstPPG or on Twitter https://twitter.com/ChislehurstPPG These sites are dedicated to sharing useful updates and information from our local practices and local health groups to improve health and well-being and to keep patients informed.
Chair – Alison Stammers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair – Wendy Armitage
Secretary – VACANT
Membership Secretary - VACANT
Committee Members: We currently have 25 PPG members including those named above.
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting are published here.
We aim to publish a newsletter occasionally. This will also be available in hard copy at the surgery and at the Library. Please ask the receptionists for a copy. It is designed to be a window into what is being discussed at the PPG meetings and any news on what is happening at the surgeries that will be of interest to patients.
The PPG welcomes any comments and views from you the patient, so do tell us what you would like to see included in future editions of the newsletter.
If you would like a personal copy please e-mail “PPG Newsletter” to email@example.com