PPG Awareness Week - 1st - 8th June 2013
PPG Awareness Week 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.
Dr Phil Hammond, GP turned hospital doctor, journalist and broadcaster is supporting Patient Participation Awareness Week and has this to say………
'The NHS has never needed patient participation more. The former Health Secretary and architect of the NHS reforms Andrew Lansley promised 'no decision about me without me.' But there is a real danger of this commitment being kicked into the long grass unless patients are given the time, encouragement and structure to speak up and participate. The N.A.P.P. provides this for primary care, and has a crucial role to play after the Francis Inquiry, particularly in maintaining trust in the doctor patient relationship, and having open, honest and compassionate discussions when things go wrong, as well as helping services get even better.' Click here for press release. To find out more about Dr Phil Hammond visit www.drphilhammond.com.
There will be a national media campaign lead by N.A.P.P. and a local campaign lead by PPGs in communities supported by a N.A.P.P. resource pack. Click here to see what influential health stakeholders have to say about patient participation
We hope that all our members (and non-members!) will join with us to ‘make some noise’ about the excellent work groups undertake in partnership with their practices by organising awareness raising activities during this week even if its only putting together a display for the waiting room! Click here to see activities being run by local PPGs for Patient Participation Awareness Week.
Click here for our Resource pack, which has been developed by PPG members and contains lots of suggestions about things to do. Feedback on the N.A.P.P resource pack has been excellent:
‘I was delighted to receive this comprehensive pack of resources to support my efforts in planning publicity for local events to celebrate National Patient Participation Week. As stated in its introduction the guide is “designed to encourage and assist” and it does exactly that. The ideas, templates and sample materials are all extremely well presented and for me the true value was in not having to start from scratch. Thanks to those involved in compiling this Resource Pack for a user-friendly, highly practical guide’
Public & Patient Involvement Development Worker
Sturminster Newton Medical Centre