Calling all members of Patient Participation Groups in Waltham Forest

Members of Patient Participation Groups from Waltham Forest’s 42 GP practices are being invited to one of three events this summer.

The first takes place in Chingford next week (20 June) and falls within Patient Participation Group awareness week (19-24 June 2017).

Two other events will be held in Leytonstone on June 27 and Walthamstow on 1 August 2017.

The events will focus on seeking PPG members’ views on a set of standards for PPGs in Waltham Forest to aim for.

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.

"If you are a member of PPG, please come along and join us at the event that is most convenient for you.”

If you are a PPG member and wish to reserve a place, please email your full name and your PPG’s name to or call 020 3688 2604, and ask to speak to Rebecca Waters.

If you cannot attend the events in person but would like to find out more, please contact or call 020 3688 2604, and ask to speak to Rebecca Waters.

Event locations and times 

  • Chingford; Tuesday 20 June, 6 – 7:30pm, Venue; Waltham Forest GP FedNet, 1st Floor, 500 Larkshall Road, Highams Park, E4 9HH. 
  • Leyton/Leytonstone; Tuesday 27 June, 6 – 7:30pm, Venue; Leytonstone Fire Station, Community Room, 466 High Road, E11 3HN Reps 
  • Walthamstow; Tuesday 1 August, 6 – 7:30pm, Venue; The Mill, Living Room, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow E17 7HA 

The draft PPG Local Standard can be found on NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group’s website.

Last year Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WF CCG) funded a year-long project with the Patients Association to help GP practices in Waltham Forest develop their PPGs.

NHS England requires each GP practice in the UK to have a PPG which allows patients to have a chance to have their say and share feedback with the practice to make improvements to the service provided.

As a development of the Patients Association work, the CCG has recruited six volunteer representatives to its Patient Reference Group (PRG) 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 PRG 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.”

The other PPG reps who have joined the PRG are:

Jim Sarginson, Churchill Medical Centre PPG is also representing Chingford. Khadija Gitay and Pat Stephenson are both PPG members in Wood Street Medical Centre and represent Walthamstow. Georgina Wright of Oliver Road PPG and Liz Phillips, chair of Harrow Road Surgery PPG will represent Leyton and Leytonstone area.

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