Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Find out more about our lively Patient Group in the sections below.

About the Bearsted PPG

Committee Members Approving the PPG Action Plan 2020
Jeannette Ward (Chair) and Goff Norrington (Treasurer) presenting the new PPG-funded
dermatoscope to Dr. Laurence and Dr. Dolman

PPG Action Plan 2019

Latest Newsletter

Please visit the PPG Newsletter BELOW.

Bearsted Patient Participation Group (PPG) Membership

In line with NHS recommendations, the Practice runs a Patient Participation Group (PPG).

This group of volunteers has been set up to discuss ways in which the surgery may enhance the needs of the patients and assist the surgery in making improvements where necessary. The Bearsted PPG currently comprises 8 members, as shown below.

The volunteers have a wide range of backgrounds including senior nursing and administrative roles within the health service, academia, sales, pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality assurance and a number are active in various charities.

Tony Spice (Vice Chair)
Chris Dobson (Secretary)
Derek Stevenson
Goff Norrington (Treasurer)
Christine Shade
Sue Henderson
Sue Jackson

If you are interested in finding out more about joining this group, please pick up a leaflet from reception.

Patients Urged to Join Group

Bearsted Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) is encouraging more of its 12,000 surgery patients to join free so that it represents all age groups.

The group aims to improve communication between staff and patients and encourage patients to take more responsibility for their own health. Anyone interested should email [email protected].

Members can join an email group and receive healthcare information and feedback their views to influence NHS services. You can find a form BELOW.

One patient suggested a surgery monitor to improve doctor communication – the doctors then purchased one as a direct response to this idea. There is also a suggestion box. Regular meetings are held with the surgery tea.

Virtual Patient Participation Group

If you would like to join the patient participation group but can’t commit to attending meetings, you can join the virtual group. This virtual group of people will be contacted with news of the surgery and will be asked to occasionally complete surveys and give feedback on the Practice.

If this is something that you would like to join, send an email to [email protected].

Annual General Meeting

AGMs have been held since September 2014 and the most recent was in the surgery on September 12, 2019. The next AGM will be held on September 10, 2020 in the surgery. You are welcome to attend. The AGM report may be found by clicking on PPG Meeting minutes.

Committee Meetings

These are held every three months at the surgery. Minutes for our meetings may be found BELOW. We also meet every three months with the doctors and tea is provided by the surgery. Minutes for the Joint PPG meetings may also be found BELOW.

We would like to hear your views and suggestions on the Practice appointment system. Does it work for you?

Email us on [email protected] and let us have your comments.

PPG Activities

Healthy Walking Group

Meets every Tuesday at Holy Cross Church, Bearsted, 10.00am. In 2019 support was given to the Bearsted Woodland Trust for recruitment.

Fund Raising

To buy medical and other equipment for the surgery and to support community needs. These funds are raised through periodic raffles, quiz nights and recently in 2019, through the successful Tesco Bags of Help campaign.

Community Support

  • Signposting leaflets on self-help for better health, on mental health and a guide to
    patient online access on the surgery website.
  • Bearsted Fayre stall to support One You (2018) and Involve (2019)
  • Liaison between the medical practice and the Bearsted Parish Council
  • Donation to Young Lives Foundation
  • Tea and Talk for Mental Health