HEALTH: Patients can get involved in care

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This year, National Patient Participation Week is running until June 11.

The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), a charity formed in 1978.

Uniquely placed as the only umbrella body for patient-led groups in primary care, NAPP has over 35 years’ experience in promoting, supporting and developing patient participation groups.

Currently, there are over 1,400 groups affiliated to NAPP, representing at least 10 million patients across the UK.

The Bondgate Patient Participation Group (BPPG) includes patients from the Alnwick, Embleton, Longhoughton and Seahouses surgeries, and ensures that the patient’s perspective is at the heart of local provision so that primary care services are of high quality and improve continuously.

BPPG fosters improved communication between the practice and its patients, as well as helping patients to take more responsibility for their own health.

If your readers would like to contribute energy, enthusiasm and experience to their local patient participation group, they should contact the practice manager at their local surgery.

Kelvin Rushworth,


Bondgate Patient Participation Group