Join a Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Every GP practice in Waltham Forest should have a Patient Participation Group, often referred to as a PPG. NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group has been working with the Patients Association to help local GP practices set up and develop their PPGs.

PPG Local Standard 

Members of PPGs were invited to co-create a PPG Local Standard, by email and at events, throughout the summer of 2017.

Richard Griffin, NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group’s (WF CCG) Lay Person for Patient Participation said: “'Listening to the voice of patients is essential to ensuring primary care is responsive to local needs. PPGs have a critical role in putting patients at the centre of care. 

“Waltham Forest is working with its network of PPGs to agree local standards to make sure groups are good as they can be”. 

You can download a copy of the PPG Local Standard at the bottom of this page.

The version available on this website is a trial of the PPG Local Standard. It is a toolkit for you to test with your PPG in its first year. 

We encourage you have a go at completing the checklist at a PPG meeting and send it back to us. Details of how to use the checklist and where to send it are explained within the document. 

As we are developing the PPG Local Standard, we are still open for feedback on the document itself and how you get on with using it. Please send all feedback to the team at

Please submit your checklists by Monday 30 October 2017. We will review the checklists with a panel of PPG Locality Representatives over the Winter. 

PPG Locality Representatives 

In 2017 the CCG recruited six volunteer representatives to its Patient Reference Group (PRG) in order to better connect PPGs to the local health and care public engagement network. 

Debbie Barker, from Churchill Medical Centre PPG, who is one the PPG representatives for Chingford on the Patient Reference Group said: “My ambition as part of the PRG is to be a conduit for patients and other PPG members, to feel engaged with their health provider and to communicate important information from the CCG back to the surgeries.” 

Click here to find out more about the PPG locality representatives and how to get them involved in your PPG in the document. 

If you would like to know about the PPG at your GP practice, contact your GP practice directly. 

If you would like to be added to an email group for PPG members please contact

To find out more about the Patients Association, visit the Patients Association website (

Information about PPGs is also available on the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) website (

PPGs and how they are run differ according to each GP practice. To find out about your local one, ask to speak to the practice manager at your GP practice.

If you are having difficulties finding out any information about your local PPG, contact