We want to ensure that patients, their families and carers are represented and heard from at all stages of their treatment.

Generally made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice, patient participation groups meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.

The beauty of PPGs is that there is no set way in which they work - the aims and work of each group entirely depends on local needs - but they all have the aim of making sure that their practice puts the patient, and improving health, at the heart of everything it does.

We have developed a model of working with NHS Trusts, GP practices and other health and social care organisations, including universities and colleges to assist with patient involvement.

Download our PPG Toolkit, updated in May 2021.

Watch the video version of our PPG Toolkit

Head of Programmes at the Patients Association, Shivani Shah, and the Head of Patient Partnership, Sarah Tilsed, have recorded five short videos based on the toolkit all about setting up and running a PPG. Watch and share them. And let us know what you think of them - email your comments to [email protected]. We'd also love to hear about what your PPG is doing. Get in touch and share your group's projects.