Patient groups can bid for £4,000 support for their work

Practices' patient participation groups (PPGs) are invited to bid for up to £4,000 each from a £20,000 fund.

By Joanne Ellul

The Making a Difference fund gives PPGs a chance to bid for financial support to help fund new local initiatives or to continue running existing ones.

The judging panel will be made up of the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), PCT, PPG, GP and practice manager representatives. All initiatives will be considered, but to be successful they are practical, responsive to local patients' needs and have real impact on their health and well-being.

The Growing Patient Participation campaign, is a joint-initiative run by the NAPP, NHS Alliance, RCGP and the BMA, and supported by the DoH. Dr Graham Box, chief executive of the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), who play a part in running the campaign, said: ‘Currently 41% of general practices in England have a PPG, and evidence shows that they help to improve services, promote health and allow better communication between the practice and its patients.'

Awards will be made in December and February. The deadlines are 23 November 2009 and 12 January 2010 respectively. PPGs can apply by email or in writing. Application packs can be downloaded here.


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