Patient Participation Group

Introduction to the Unsworth Group Practice Patient Participation Group


Every GP Practice in the UK should have a Patient Participation Group (PPG).

The purpose of a PPG is to represent the practice’s patients and to work in partnership with the healthcare professionals and Practice staff to improve all the services offered by the practice.

Membership of the Unsworth PPG is open to any patient registered with the Practice.    The PPG is guided by a Core group of 12 patients and any member of the PPG can be elected to the Core, having been a member of the PPG for twelve months.

The Objects of the Patient Participation Group include:

  • Championing good communications between the Patients and the Practice and acting as a ‘Critical Friend’.
  • Ensuring patients are consulted and involved in any changes that may take place in the practice.
  • Acting as patient champions providing feedback on the services offered by the Practice and raising any issues as necessary.


With the Practice, the PPG will hold quarterly meetings in both Westhoughton and Blackrod.

John Strawbridge (Chair of PPG)





Who can join the PPG?

Membership is open to everybody! We are hoping to expand our membership to include all of our patient demographics so everyones voice can be heard

If you would like to become a member of the PPG, please  send an email to or contact the surgery and we will add you on to our membership list.


 Patient Participation Group (PPG) Newsletter    

Welcome to the Unsworth Group Practice newsletters, which are prepared by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for patients of both Peter House and Blackrod practices. Please click below to view the full newsletters. Thank you.