Interested in finding out how your GP practice works and about the health services it delivers? Your practice patient participation group (PPG) could be for you.

Dorset has a diverse range of GP practices working in our urban and rural communities. Patient participation groups work in partnership with their GP practice and are vital in ensuring that the patient voice is heard. Groups work in different ways, some meet in person, others communicate with their practice online – all are keen to welcome and involve new members.

PPGs provide an opportunity for local people to get involved with their practice and influence the provision of local health services. Members contribute their views, make suggestions and provide feedback on services they may have used. Groups can also get involved with supporting local health initiatives. We provide opportunities for patient groups to come together in their local areas to share good practice, to discuss health issues and raise concerns with NHS managers. Through our networking events, we also provide engagement opportunities for PPG members across Dorset to meet with a wide range of health and care professionals. You can find out more about different PPG activities and projects below.

If you are interested in finding out more about your own PPG, talk to your practice reception team or contact us at

Meet the team

Gill and Jim are working with Dorset GP practices to develop a strong, county wide network of patient groups. If you would like to get in touch with any of the team, please contact

Gill Foott
Gill FoottEngagement and Communications Coordinator (PPGs)
Gill Foott joined the team after 21 years at Dorset County Hospital where she was involved in public engagement, setting up events for the Trust membership and working closely with the hospital governors. Gill now supports PPGs in Purbeck, Poole, East Dorset, and North Dorset.
Jim Gammans
Jim GammansEngagement and Communications Coordinator (PPGs)
Jim Gammans joined the NHS following a career working with Age UK and brings with him a wealth of experience in engaging with the public. He works with PPGs in Mid Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Get involved

To learn about other ways to get involved in shaping local health services, why not sign up to NHS Dorset’s email newsletter? The latest health news, surveys, opportunities and PPG updates can be sent directly to your inbox.

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The National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP) is the national voice for patient participation and offers a wealth of information, ideas and downloadable resources for patient groups.

If you are interested in finding out more about your own PPG or other ways to get involved in our work please contact us at