Our Patient Participation Group was set up in 1996 in order to improve and extend the facilities to our patients in partnership with the Practice. Patients were invited by the Doctors to form a committee to start this group. Subsequently a constitution was agreed and we were formally registered with the Charities Commission.
Since its inauguration our objective has been to relieve the sickness and preserve the health amongst persons permanently or temporarily within the area served by the St Lawrence Surgery.
We raise funds and receive donations and bequests for the provision and maintenance of medical and/or ancillary equipment not normally available from statutory or Practice funds in consultation with the Practice Manager. Being a charity we are able to claim Gift Aid on donations received for which we are very grateful.
We provide the patient perspective in the planning and commissioning of practice-based services. We also liaise with other patient support groups locally and nationally in the interests of patient engagement. The group is attached to the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P) where we follow their advice, guidelines and instructions especially in regard to the regulations involving the Care Quality Commission (C.Q.C).
We promote self-care for patients and provide opportunities such as a singing group, a walking group and many educational events during the year to help fulfil this.
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting the following officers were elected:
Chair: Chris Moon-Willems
Secretary: Jan Green
Treasurer: Judith Skitt
The officers are supported by the following committee members:
Phil Skitt, Patsy Newton, Sue Pickering, Eric Bridger, Lindsay Butterfield, Robin Rogers, Richard Patterson, Heather Graham.