Health chiefs in Northamptonshire are hoping to encourage more people to join their local patient participation group.
NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined GPs in urging people to get involved in the groups, which they say help ensure patients’ views are listened to, improve communication between the practice and its patients and help patients take more responsibility for their health.
Dr Tom Evans, a GP and clinical director at NHS Nene CCG, said: “Patients are at the heart of the NHS and we want patients to have their say on the treatment they receive. The groups offer an opportunity to get involved in the running of your local practice as well as the chance to be involved in the wider development of NHS services.
“As both a GP and commissioner of health services I believe the views and ideas of our patients are essential to ensuring our services meet the needs of the people we serve. We would encourage anyone who would like to have their say and contribute to improving their local NHS to join their GP practice patient participation group.”
Anyone interested in joining their local PPG are encouraged to enquire at reception of their own GP practice. Many practices also run a virtual PPG, allowing those who are unable to attend to the group to become involved through email.
For more information on NHS Nene CCG and getting involved in their work, click here.