LPPGN Network Meeting Notes

The Network hosts bi-monthly meetings for PPG members to meet, share, discuss and be updated on the latest local and national changes within primary care.

Representatives from PPGs are welcome to attend.

Notes from each meeting are circulated shortly after each meeting and posted here.

The Network hosts bi-monthly meetings for PPG members to meet, share, discuss and be updated on the latest local and national changes within primary care.

Representatives from PPGs are welcome to attend.

Notes from each meeting are circulated shortly after each meeting and posted here.

Each year the Network holds an annual general meeting.  This is the time when we review our work over the last year, share the highlights, developments and plans for the coming period.

PPG members, stakeholders, partners and residents are welcome to attend.

Notes from these meeting are shared on this site shortly after each meeting

PPGs should be patient led and run in partnership with the GP Practice to:

  • Provide a patient voice and viewpoint on the quality of the services in their practice;
  • Provide practical support and help to implement changes that benefit both patients and the practice;
  • Improve communication between the practice and the patients;
  • Help patients to take greater responsibility for their own health

PPG Activity I

The practice had a PPG for a couple of years, but due to dwindling numbers the meetings stopped.  The practice decided to reintroduce the PPG and an interim chair invited the Lambeth PPG Network to attend the launch meeting of the newly formed PPG in July.

Six patients attended that first meeting with the LPPGN development worker talking about the role of PPG and the opportunities for the group to have a voice in the changes that are happening in Lambeth.

Nine patients attended the second meeting where participants discussed the Terms of Reference.  They decided not to have a core group as they felt this would be more inclusive and encourage more patients to participate.  They agree to elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson.

In the groups’ last meeting, a chairperson was elected and the group is already discussing how to help the practice to improve providing information about the practice and healthcare services to patients.

PPG Activity II

The Warm and Well in Winter programme provided a small sum of money to enable PPGs to engage with older patients from their practices. One PPG discovered that the participants who came to their information session had very little knowledge about community services and activities.

The most shocking discovery was through the visits to deliver the winter gift packs to older patients, who were identified as housebound by the practice. Some of them were living above ground floor level, with no lift; one living on the 4th floor. One disabled patient is regularly alone during the day, as her son has to work. All these raised question about their wellbeing and safety.

Whilst making arrangements for the visit, the surgery discovered that two of their registered patients had died. This raised more questions about the surgery not having been informed, but also about how often practices keep in contact with their older patients, in particular those who are unable to come to the surgery.

The PPG will discuss and decide where and how they can feedback some of the issues identified through this programme. This is a good example to demonstrate how PPGs, through their activities and patient engagement can help to make a difference.