PPG Start-Up Guide

Cover of Start-up Guide for General PracticeOur Start-up Guide for General PracticePDF document will help primary care practitioners to improve or widen their current involvement with the public and engagement with communities by establishing a Patient Participation Group in their local community.

The guide includes advice on how to ensure the group is properly representative; the key steps that should be followed in the early stages of establishing the group and holding meetings; and practical tips for maintaining the momentum of the group.

It also includes templates and example documents to help groups to prepare terms of reference, agree roles and responsibilities and keep an accurate record of meetings.

What people have said

  • "The Local Office couldn't have been more helpful in getting our group started, travelling long distances, providing written material, and teleconferencing. The guide was really useful when we were considering our Terms of Reference, and helped us let patients know what the PPG might be able to do."
    - Dr. Kate Dawson, GP, Benbecula
  • "The Local Officer visited the Practice and left some information on Patient Participation Groups. From this we then began recruiting patients and used the tools to plan how best to manage and deliver the sessions. The Local Officer has attended all our meetings, and the patients and the Practice team have benefited from her input. We value her experience with community groups, and her support has ensured the success of our Group."
    - Jan McCulloch, Management Partner, Barns Medical Practice, Ayr
  • "I'm glad and grateful to experience this workshop so soon after joining the PPG at Lossiemouth. Most beneficial to me are all aspects of the tool which encourage members of the group to take an active role and sense of responsibility to participate in ensuring optimum patient care in this practice."
  • "It helped us focus on what could be achieved and the purpose of the group"