Patient Participation Group

Next PPG Meeting - Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 10am.

OUR PPG AGM is on Thursday 9th March 2023 at 6pm. Please contact our Reception Team if you would like to attend

A PPG is a Patient Participation Group and the people involved are a group of patients registered with your own GP Surgery.  They have no medical training but have an interest in the services provided.  They work in partnership with the medical centre to ensure that there is a good relationship between patients, GP and other professional staff.  The aim of a PPG is to represent patients’ views, support diversity and to work in partnership with the medical centre to improve common understanding; help patients to take more responsibility for their health; contribute to improvements of services and quality of care and work towards better and improved communications. For more information please click here PPG Information Leaflet.

Our PPG group is currently made up of 6 volunteer patients.  Also present at the meetings is the GP Compliance & Contracts Officer, Business Apprentice and the Care Co-ordinator. The aim is also for the Practice Manager or one of the GP partners to join the meetings where possible and when time permits. We currently meet monthly.  Meetings are planned to last around 90 minutes and are currently held on a Wednesday morning at the surgery.

We are currently looking for new members to join us to ensure we reflect the locality we represent and would particularly welcome volunteers from younger age groups and various ethnic groups. Therefore anyone wishing to be involved in the PPG or who wants to know more should contact the PPG by email at

Message from our PPG Chair:

As the recently elected chair of the reformed PPG group  I would like to welcome you to the Patient Participation Group section of the Long Bennington Medical Centre website.

The PPG was initially formed in 2015 to provide a link between the patients and the GP practice staff of LBMC, however due to the impact of COVID, meetings have not taken place recently and a new committee was established in February.

Here at our surgery we are constantly striving to provide patients with the highest standard of healthcare and exploring ways to improve and adapt to the needs of our patients. The PPG is there to represent the patients’ voice.

Broadly, the main aims of our PPG are:

  • To assist the practice in communicating news and information to patients and help to improve communication between patients and practice staff.
  • To provide feedback on patient’s needs, concerns and interests.
  • To assist and support the practice in setting up voluntary groups/ and or support within the community.
  • To be champions for and represent the needs of patients within the practice and give patients a voice in the organisation of their care.

However we are not there to provide any medical advice to other patients, or deal with personal or medical issues or any individual complaints.


Best wishes

Lisa Smith

Chair of PPG


We plan to meet on the following dates in 2023:

  • 18th January
  • 15th February
  • 15th March
  • 19th April
  • 17th May
  • 21st June
  • 19th July
  • 20th September
  • 18th October
  • 22nd November

Minutes from the PPG meetings are available to read below.

If you would like to apply to join the Long Bennington patient group you can download the sign up form as a pdf document, print it out, complete it and return it to us and we will notify the PPG of your interest.

Signing Up for our Patient Participation Group

We will be in touch shortly after we receive your form. Please note that no medical information or questions will be responded to.

The Aims of the Patient Participation Group

  • To offer opinions in a constructive manner and to put forward ideas on behalf of other patients.
  • To improve the provision of health care.
  • To improve communication between surgery, patients and the wider community about matters concerning the surgery and health in general.
  • To provide assistance in development of new services.
  • To encourage a spirit of self help and support amongst patients to improve their health and social care.

PPG Newsletters

The PPG newsletters are available to read here:

PPG Newsletter - September 2016

PPG Newsletter - January 2017

LBMC Newsletter - December 2019

For the latest National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) eBulletins please click HERE

Getting Your View

The group would like to contact patients on occasion by email and/or text so that they can obtain the views of the widest group of patients possible. We would like to obtain your email address and mobile phone number to do this. Please complete the Patient Contact Form to provide your consent for this.