Public and Patient Participation

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Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

The majority of GP practices in Stafford and its surrounding areas have established Patient Participation Groups which provide an opportunity for patients to get involved at a local level.

The groups not only enable patients to be kept up to date about their own practice but also to hear about projects being undertaken by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) including proposals to develop new services in the area.


If you are interested in joining a Patient Participation Group, please contact your local Practice. Otherwise, if your practice does not currently have a group in place but you would still like to get involved in decisions about local health care services please contact us.

PPG Handbook

To support members of PPGs and to enable them to make a real contribution to the health and wellbeing of their local community, we have developed a PPG Handbook . Feedback from our members told us that even as members of PPGs, people do not always understand the role of the CCG, its relationship with other NHS partners and the role that PPGs can play.

The PPG Handbook was created in partnership with PPG members and aims to develop a greater understanding of how the CCG and other parts of the NHS work. It also aims to give PPG members the confidence to help us to spread this understanding more widely in the community, so that a broader range of people can become involved in the development of effective and sustainable health and care services.

How does public and patient participation support the commissioning cycle?

Public and patient involvement in the CCGs commissioning cycle is about enabling you to voice your views, needs and wishes, and to contribute to plans, proposals and decisions about services. This includes everyone who uses the services or may use them in the future, including carers and families.

Involvement will be approached in different and appropriate ways depending in the nature of the commissioning activity and the needs of different groups of people.

Examples of involvement and feedback include:

  • Surveys (online and printed)
  • Social media
  • Healthwatch reports
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) reviews
  • Public events
  • Interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Insight from PALs (including complaints)
  • Data from previous public involvement exercises