We have two Patient Groups each of which aims to link the Practice and its Patients so that we can provide you with the best possible care. The first is called the Patient Participation Group (PPG): it comprises 11 patients who have volunteered to work with us, on your behalf, to ensure that patients and carers are involved in decisions about the range, shape and quality of the services we provide. In short, the PPG acts as a critical friend of the Practice and represents Patients’ views to us.
The second group is a Virtual Patient Reference Group (VPRG). To make it easy for people with busy lives to be active members, VPRG business is conducted totally by email. We don’t bombard you with enquiries but, periodically, you will receive a message asking you to take part in an anonymous survey about some aspect of our services or the facilities provided at one or both of our surgeries. The results of these surveys are published online with our Annual Report.
Now for a little more information about each group.
The PPG in a Nutshell
The main objectives of the PPG are to:
- Advise the Eynsham Medical Group (EMG) about patients’ views on the responsiveness and quality of our services;
- Carry out research into the experiences of those who use the Practice;
- Facilitate two-way communication with our patients;
- Encourage patients to take greater responsibility for their own health;
- Work with other patient groups in West Oxfordshire to improve healthcare in our area.
The PPG undertakes an agreed annual “programme of work”, which is based on the objectives outlined above, and it meets roughly every 2 months at the Eynsham Medical Centre. The group consists of the 11 “patient” volunteers, the Practice Manager, and one of our Partners.
You can get in touch with the PPG by emailing its chairman, Mr Graham Maynard, at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by leaving a note at either surgery asking him to contact you (please include your name address and a telephone number in your note).
Membership of the VPRG is open to all patients who are registered with the practice. We are keen to get as broad a representation of the practice’s patient demography as possible and are, therefore, keen to attract members from all age groups; at the moment, we would particularly like to recruit members from the 17-24, 35-44 and 84+ year age groups and would like more men to sign up. To sign up just fill out the proforma application which is attached to this link: Virtual Patient Reference Group
PPG 2017 Survey
Please complete our 2017 questionnaire about the Eynsham Medical Group Surgeries at Long Hanborough and Eynsham.