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Patient Participation Groups

Coronavirus (COVID-19):

The West Kent PPG Chairs meetings have been suspended as face-to-face meetings due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We are investigating opportunities for virtual engagement with PPG Chairs.

NOTE: Due to the formation of a single clinical commissioning group for Kent and Medway, as of 1 April 2020, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group’s website, and so this page, will no longer be updated

To find out about the new clinical commissioning group and patient and public engagement activities you may wish to get involved in, please visit the new NHS Kent and Medway CCG website.


Patient Participant Groups (PPG) are an opportunity for patients, local people and carers to work with their GP practices for the benefit of everyone.

PPGs work by building a relationship between the practice and its patients, together you can share information and creating a greater sense of cooperation and shared responsibility.

You can get involved by:

  • bringing your enthusiasm!
  • offering your time for a couple of hours a month
  • supporting other patients and carers to share their experiences
  • sharing your knowledge and experience of your health with like-minded people

We also have a PPG chairs group that meet bi monthly  to influence the planning, designing and delivery of local health services by working closely with our commissioners.

If your PPG doesn’t already have a Chair becoming a Chair for the meetings means encouraging the group to share their views and build a sense of co-production between the patients and the practice.  Then bringing your local views and experiences to share with other PPG chairs, to network and inform how healthcare locally is planned and developed.

What will it involve?

You could share your experience by:

  • attending regular PPG meetings
  • being part of specific pieces of work
  • attending events, focus groups and meetings
  • completing questionnaires and online surveys
  • improving patient and carer information by reviewing leaflets and documents


Every PPG is unique, evolving to meet local needs. Most commonly, they work with their practices to offer the patient perspective on the services that are provided. PPGs also help to improve communication, encourage patients to take more responsibility for their own health and to provide practical support. 

Stay up to date with the latest PPG newsletter and events by visiting our news page.


Find out more

Supporting materials can be found on the NAPP website.

Contact the Patient Experience Team at nelcsu.engagement@nhs.net, or ask your Practice Manager and/or Receptionist.