Patient Participation Group (PPG)

About the Patient Group

A PPG is a group of patients interested in health and healthcare issues, who want to get involed with and support the running of their local GP Practice. Most PPGs also include members of The Practice and meet at regular intervals.

Our PPG was formed over 5 years ago and contains 20 members from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences.


What does the PPG do?

The NHS in West kent is supportive of PPGs and is keen to see more patients engage with their local practice and on wider health issues.  It recognises that this involves two different but complementary PPG roles:  1. helping their GP practice to improve services for patients and 2. contributing to the NHS's clinical commissioning plans.

  1. The PPG helps the Practice communicate and build prositive relationshsips with it patients population.  The core objective of the PPG is to support the Practice to achieve its health promotion aims by liaising between patients and the Practice.  It is a forum for considering the wider issues of running the practice, and for introducing new ideas and initiative.  Patients' views are sought through regular patient surveys, which are analysed to formulate an action plan, which is implemented by the Practice.
  2. The PPG is invited to comment on the NHS's plans for care provision in all area as they come under review, such as emergency provision, frailty management, diabetes treatment, etc.  Your experience of NHS treatment is a valued input to planning furure provision.  Thornhills Medical Practice is supportive of the NHS's patient-driven model, and welcomes patients getting involved.

The PPG does not deal with individual issues beween doctor and patient.


Interested in joining?

If you are interested in joining our Patient Participation Group, please complete our secure online form below and a member of the Practice team will get back to you as soon as possible.



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