05 Jun 2018

National Patient Participation Week will run from June 4th - 9th 2018

The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978. Uniquely placed as the only umbrella body for patient-led groups in primary care, N.A.P.P has almost 40 years’ experience in promoting, supporting and developing Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). There are now over 1500 groups affiliated to N.A.P.P, representing at least ten million patients across the UK.

Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, Patient Participation Groups ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. Groups also provide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communication between the practice and its patients and help patients to take more responsibility for their 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 spotlight success in patient participation.

A national media campaign with contributions from leading health stakeholders will also highlight the value of these ‘grass roots’ groups and the important role they play in driving up the quality of care. The week will culminate in the N.A.P.P annual national conference near Nottingham on the 9th June, this year entitled ‘Patients, Partnerships and Power’

To find out more, visit the N.A.P.P. website at http://www.napp.org.uk/ where you can find about more about Patient Participation.

To find out more about Patient Participation in your area, visit the PPG page on this website.