Launch of CRN: Mental health Good practice guidance for the recruitment and involvement of service user and carer researchers

Posted 16/06/2014

‘CRN: Mental health Good practice guidance for the recruitment and involvement of service user and carer researchers’has been launched. These are the first national guidelines on recruiting and supporting mental health service user and carer researchers. The Guidance covers a wide range of topics ranging from securing approval from ethics committees for research projects with […]

Home Care Users Feedback Report

Posted 04/04/2014

Every week in Reading, 14,000 home visits are made by care workers to people who need help with daily tasks such as getting out of bed. Here is our report following feedback from home care users.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

Posted 28/01/2014

NHS organisations have a duty to involve patients and the public, this includes GP surgeries who are being actively encouraged to set up and support Patient Participation Groups. Many of the GP surgeries in Reading have active PPGs or are developing PPGs and would welcome interest and involvement from their patients. Find out if your […]

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

Posted 27/01/2014

NHS organisations have a duty to involve patients and the public, this includes GP surgeries who are being actively encouraged to set up and support Patient Participation Groups. Many of the GP surgeries in Reading have active PPGs or are developing PPGs and would welcome interest and involvement from their patients. Find out if your […]

Find Your Surgery

Posted 15/01/2014

Berkshire West CCG Clinical Commissioning Group Abbey Medical Centre Visit Website Balmore Park Visit Website Boathouse Surgery Visit Website Chatham Street Surgery Visit Website Chancellor House & Tilehurst Village Visit Website Circuit Lane Visit Website Eldon Road Surgery – Visit Website Emmer Green Visit Website Grovelands Medical Centre Visit Website Kennet Surgery Visit Website London […]

Where do I find out more information?

Posted 15/01/2014

If you want to get more involved in or find out more about your practice PPG, ask at the surgery reception or find details on their website:  

PPGs and Healthwatch Reading

Posted 15/01/2014

Healthwatch has been working with local PPGs in GP surgeries across Reading, to encourage members of the community in having an active voice in shaping local health and social care services and to explore ways to network groups and work more closely with Healthwatch Reading.

What does a PPG do?

Posted 15/01/2014

PPGs can work with practices in a number of ways: from helping to design and carry out patient surveys to seek and understand the views of the wider patient population and offer feedback from the patient perspective on changes that may be required by the practice, for example opening hours. The PPG may help with […]

How does a PPG work?

Posted 15/01/2014

Whilst all PPGs may be slightly different, they generally tend to be made up of volunteer patients, the practice manager, one or two GPs and may have some administrative support from the practice. Most groups tend to have regular meetings at the surgery, but some groups also involve a wider group of patients in the […]