Patient Participation Group (PPG) Conference 2018

One walsall meeting

On June 7, to coincide with Patient Participation Group (PPG) Awareness Week (4 to 9 June 2018) the CCG hosted its first Patient Participation Group (PPG) Conference at Walsall Art Gallery.

The aim of the event was to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation also to promote the support available from the CCG and raise awareness of the wider health agenda.

A working group, with representation from PRG groups, a GP and a PPI Lay Member was set up to organise the event and shape the agenda.

The event was opened by Dr Anand Rischie followed by presentations from the CCG’s Accountable Officer Paul Maubach, One Walsall Chief Executive Alex Boyes and Healthwatch Manager Paul Higgitt. Practice Manager Chris Blunt, shared examples of good practice from his PRG group at Portland Health Centre and Dianne Beddows from All Saints GP Practice shared her experience of being a PRG chair.

There was a number of table top discussions where groups looked at the following themes for PPGs:

Where are we now?
Where do we want to be ?
How will we get there?

On the day the CCG welcomed graphic illustrators New Possibilities to capture the discussions from the day.

All presentations from the event are available to view. A CCG and Healthwatch working group is being set up to put together an action plan from the event. If you are interested in joining please contact us by emailing