One topic that is discussed frequently at PPG meetings is getting views from younger people. There are some standout groups that have achieved this but many struggle to recruit and keep younger members. We’ve attended a youth representatives group this month and are speaking to local colleges about getting younger voices heard on PPGs, we’ll keep you posted on our progress
The Purbeck PPG Chairs network met for their quarterly meeting and shared the activities being carried out by each of the six PPGs across the Primary Care Network (PCN) as well as updates from their practices. The Youth PPG in Purbeck is still going well with a small membership but which they hope to increase. The current theme the group is working on is information sharing, and they are setting up an Instagram account to which important health information can be uploaded.
The Grove PPG in Sherborne received a very helpful and interesting presentation from the managing partner on a new online consultation system which the practice has put in place. It was great to see sixth form pupils from the local school in attendance, giving their views and perspective on behalf of young people. Gill also went to the Penny’s Hill PPG meeting in Ferndown and was really pleased to see how well the new PPG is thriving with lots of patients at the meeting!
We attended the launch of the Weymouth Research Hub in June. The Hub is an exciting initiative that encourages the residents of Dorset to be at the forefront of vaccine development (including Covid). Keep a lookout for invitations to be part of the research. More information.
Gill hosted the bi-monthly network meeting of the North Dorset PPG Chairs, where the PPG Chairs from the three North Dorset PCNs meet to share discussions and updates from their PPG meetings and news from their individual practices. The following day we hosted another networking meeting, this time the Cross-PCN group – these are PPG leads who may be the only PPG representatives within their PCNs. It’s been so useful to put them in touch with other PPGs outside of their PCN area, so they can share information and learn from other groups.
Corfe Castle PPG was delighted to restart their very popular Health Talks, the first one on the subject of Ophthalmology – A Modern Approach to Common Eye Problems, which Gill attended and found incredibly interesting!
Gill ended the month by co-hosting a PPG stall at a Pan Dorset Health Information Event in Swanage, with the Swanage PPG Chair. It was lovely too that two other PPG Chairs from Corfe Castle and Wareham came along and lent their support to this brilliant event.