GP patient groups
We have 68 GP practices in our four localities across west Hertfordshire, the majority of which have active practice patient groups. The groups, made up of staff and patients, have a role in influencing the way that services are provided from the practice.
West Herts GP practice patient group network
This group has been set up by our patient and public involvement committee to establish a network (virtual and actual) of representatives from west Herts GP practice patient groups.
Purpose of the network
The network will provide an opportunity to:
- Share good practice.
- Support and encourage the development of an active practice patient group in every GP practice in west Herts.
- Be a conduit for communicating with individual practice patient groups.
- To encourage each practice patient group to have a representative at their locality patient group.
Read the group's terms of reference.
Community support – Let’s get connected
Meetings where voluntary and community groups come together with PPGs to raise awareness of what support is available in the local area, enable PPG members to be involved in social prescribing and also encourage local organisations to be involved with and promote how their members can get involved with PPGs and wider involvement. The notes of recent meetings are below.
Notes of meetings:
Locality patient Groups
There is a patient group in each of our localities (Watford and Three Rivers, Hertsmere, Dacorum, and St Albans and Harpenden). At the moment these groups normally meet for a couple of hours in the evening once or twice a month. Each locality sends two representatives to the patient and public involvement (PPI) committee, which is a sub-committee of our board.
We would like to get more people involved in these small groups. You do not have to be ill or a regular user of health services. We need people with all sorts of skills to get involved, including those who are prepared to read information, can understand data, are prepared to contribute to committees or are just passionate about improving health services.
West Herts Yammer network