Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are supporting National Patient Participation Week, which runs from Monday 19 June until Saturday 24 June 2017.
The aim of the awareness week is to promote patient participation groups and the valuable work they undertake. The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), a national charity, formed in 1978.
Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, patient participation groups ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local NHS services. This helps to keep the services focused on the needs of the patient, continuously improving quality.
The groups also provide practical support in the surgery, improve communication between the practice and its patients, and help patients to take more responsibility for their own health.
Patient Participation Week aims to highlight the importance of patient participation to achieve excellence in care for all patients.
During the week, patient participation groups across the UK will be holding a wide range of events to increase public and professional awareness, including working with local media organisations to highlight success in patient participation
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG said:
“Patient Participation Week is a great opportunity to educate local residents on the valuable work patient participation groups undertake and the changes they make to the benefit of patients and services. It is also a key opportunity for anyone interested in joining their patient participation group, to find out how they can help make a difference and sign up to their local group. If anyone wants to become a member of a patient participation group at their local GP practice, they should contact their practice directly.”
A national media campaign, with contributions from leading health stakeholders, will highlight the value of these ‘grass root’ groups and the important role they play in driving up the quality of care.
The week will come to an end at the NAPP annual national conference in Hampshire on June 24, this year entitled ‘Patients, Partnerships and Power’.
For more information about patient participation, visit the NAPP website.