Building Patient Participation Group networks across Sefton

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Summary of report content

On 15 May 2019 Healthwatch Sefton organised an event to build Patient Participation Group (PPG) networks across Sefton. Attendees included representatives from GP practices, PPG members, Healthwatch Sefton Community Champions and staff from the CCGs.

The key aims were highlighted as follows:

  • To understand more about what the PPG network looks like across Sefton
  • To hear about those PPG groups that are working well and to share good practice
  • To find out what the issues and barriers are to develop a successful group
  • To explore how we collectively strengthen PPGs particularly when considering the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
  • To identify what support practices and PCNs need to develop their PPGs and how could this be resourced
  • To develop a plan of action of take this work forward

They found out about the experiences of being PPG member, what was working well, what were the challenges, what support did practices need to develop PPGs, and what was the most important support and resource requirements. The session also explored the potential of developing PPG networks, particularly on a locality basis to support the development of PCNs.

The report outlines the action plans and next steps and how best to develop PPG networks in Sefton.  

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General details

Report title 
Building Patient Participation Group networks across Sefton
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Sefton
Date of publication 
Monday, 16 December, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
Type of report 
Public opinion
Key themes 
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
NHS South Sefton CCG, NHS Southport and Formby CCG
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
All care professionals
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.