Patient Participation Groups

We support and monitor how the NHS carries out its statutory duty to involve patients and the public in the planning and delivery of health services, including primary care services. One way to achieve your patient involvement requirement is to establish a Patient Participation Group (PPG).

Setting up a Patient Participation Group in your medical practice can help you to:

Build 2-way communication between staff and patients Gain a patient perspective on local health services

Build 2-way communication between staff and patients

Gain a patient perspective on local health services

Encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health Create an efficient service tailored to patient needs

Encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health

Create an efficient service tailored to patient needs

The patient-led group, linked to a local general practice, works alongside GPs and practice staff to provide a patient perspective on healthcare services that are offered to the community.

Ideally, the Patient Participation Group will include patients that reflect the diversity of the catchment population.

There are currently over 100 PPGs across Scotland. We have some short video case studies that describe the impact they are having.

Let us help you!

We have produced a PPG Start-Up Guide to help general practices establish a new group, and a PPG Development Tool to help you evaluate and grow your existing group.

Our local offices can provide a wide range of support for groups and practices.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any questions about our guides, you can contact:

Lisa McCartney
Area Manager
Scottish Health Council
3rd Floor, East Wing, Room 3.58
Ashgrove House
Foresterhill Road
Aberdeen AB25 2ZA

Telephone: 01224 559444
Email: Emaillisa.mccartney@scottishhealthcouncil.org