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Patient Participation Group

About the PPG

Welcome to the Vale Medical Centre Patient Participation Group which has been set up to provide an avenue for service users (registered patients), to be part of the promotion and development of Practice services.

We welcome and value the opportunity to provide a greater understanding between you the patients and ourselves, the Practice staff. Your needs and opinions on how and what services we provide are important and will help with the ongoing development of the Vale Medical Centre services.

The members of the Patient Participation Group will be invited to join us in meetings to discuss issues that arise from the Online Forum, or new developments within the NHS which will affect the practice and in turn, you the patients. These meetings are anticipated to be held on a 3 monthly basis. We will notify patients in good time about these meetings through posters in the waiting room and notification on the Online forum.

If you wish to participate please contact the Practice or complete the online form by clicking on the button shown below.

OR: if you prefer, you can download the sign-up form below, print it out, fill it in, and post it to the Practice, put it through the letterbox, or hand it to a Receptionist.

Download the pdf version of our sign up form

We aim to acknowledge your request within a few days.

Please note that the PPG cannot become involved in matters of a specifically medical or clinical nature.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Why are you asking people for their contact details?

We want to talk to people about the surgery and how well we are doing to identify areas for improvement.

Q: Will my doctor see this information?

No.  It is purely to contact patients to ask them questions about the surgery and how well we are doing.  Your doctor will only see the overall results.

Q: Will the questions you ask me be medical or personal?

They will be general questions about the practice, how we are providing services and what we can do to improve them.

Q: Who else will be able to access my contact details?

No one beyond the practice

Q: How often will you contact me?

Not very often – possibily once or twice a year.

Q: What is a patient participation group?

It is a group of volunteer patients who are involved in shaping the services to patients.

Q: Do I have to take part in the group?

No, but if you change your mind, please let us know.

Q: What if I no longer wish to be on the contact list or I leave the surgery?

We will ask you to let us know if you do not wish to receive further messages.  If you leave the practice, you will no longer be eligible to remain on the group.

Q: Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Contact one of out staff.

The National Association of Patient Participation

This association aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation also to promote the support available from N.A.P.P. Find out more about them click here.

The information you supply us will be used lawfully, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The Data Protection Act 2018 gives you the right to know what information is held about you and sets out rules to make sure that this information is handled properly.