Patient Participation Group

What is a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

PPGs are the co-ordinated voices of a GP Practice’s patients.  The Practice consult with, and listen to, the views of the PPG in the development of the service they provide.

Dronfield Medical Practice PPG

As well as representing the views of the Practice’s patients the PPG also help with communications, including the Practice Newsletter, Facebook and web site.  They are looking for volunteers to undertake these tasks.  Please see our Volunteer Roles page.

The PPG will increasingly utilise an NHS funded online platform through which all patients can influence, using short surveys, the way the Practice, and wider NHS and Social Care, develop and deliver services.  Visit the platform here.

The PPG can have an attending volunteer membership of up to 20 members and an unlimited eMembership (those who contribute primarily via email).

The group meet with the Practice Manager and other members of the Practice every few months.  The meetings offer an opportunity to learn what is happening in the Practice and to further convey patient views and influence Practice decisions.  Meetings are usually in person but may be online.

PPG members may occasionally be proactively contacted by the PPG Chair for their views on changes and information sharing.  This may be via email, phone, post or at meetings depending on your use of technologies.

To help understand more about the role of the PPG, please read the PPG Chair 2023 Annual Review available here.

The Terms of Reference for the Dronfield Medical Practice PPG can be found here.

The Practice’s Privacy Notice for PPG members can be found here

Who can join the PPG?

The PPG is made up of volunteers from all walks of life.

Any registered patient aged 16 years or over (or their carer) qualifies for membership.  The Practice/PPG reserve the right to refuse or revoke membership of any person who is abusive or violent towards any member of the Practice staff or fellow PPG member.  New members under 50 and parents or carers of children under 21 will be particularly welcome as they are currently underrepresented.  You do not have to be an internet or email user to become a member.  See our page on volunteer roles we are currently short of here.


Join our Patient Participation Group

To join our PPG please select the text ‘Join our Patient Practice Group’ below.

If you, or someone you know, cannot complete the form on-line or downloaded it, please provide your contact details to the Practice reception staff and the PPG will get in touch to enable a paper copy to be completed and submitted.

Your name, gender and email (or phone number if no email available) will be shared with the Chair of the PPG for the purposes of communicating with you regarding PPG matters.  Submission of a Sign-Up form provides a record of your agreement to this. Please note that we will not respond to any medical information or questions received through the completion of the form.

Do you have something you want share that might improve the Practices services?

Ideally please share comments or suggestions directly with the Practice using the comments and suggestions form – click here, or talk with any of the Practice team, including the Practice Manager.  If, however, you feel that you would like some support in doing this, or wish to raise something completely anonymously, please do contact the PPG who will support and advise you.  Please use the dedicated email address -


Patient Participation Group Meeting 2024 forward planner:

January 11th (Thursday) 17:00-18:30

March 13th (Wednesday) 17:00-18:30

May 14th (Tuesday) 17:00-18:30

July 10th (Wednesday) 17:00-18:30

September 12th  (Thursday) 17:00-18:30

November 12th (Tuesday) 17:00-18:30

Meetings will be held at the Practice or, where circumstances dictate, via Microsoft Teams.