Patient Reference Group

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Patient participation is a unique partnership between patients, their GPs and their practice which is essential to, and results, in high quality and responsive care.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) work in partnership with their practices to:

  • help patients to take more responsibility for their health,
  • contribute to the continuous improvement of services and quality of care,
  • foster improved communication between the practice and its patients,
  • provide practical support for the practice and help to implement changes.

The North Durham Patient Reference Group (NDPRG) was formed from Patient Participation Group (PPG) members on the 21 February 2012 and incorporates North Durham, Chester-le-Street and Derwentside constituencies of the CCG. The group, which has members from all three areas, meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at usually the North Road Methodist Church, Durham.

Every year group members are visiting surgeries in a different location with the idea of encouraging both practices and patients to get involved in the scheme. Eleven of the thirty one doctors surgeries are regularly represented at the PRG meeting and events.

You can see more information about the achievements of the group on the slides available on the links included below

North Durham Patient Reference Group Achievements 2016

North Durham Patient Reference Group Achievements 2015 .


To ensure that all primary care services have an involved and active patient participation group working with health and care professionals to help ensure high quality care for all.

What we do

We support the establishment and maintenance of patient participation groups by sharing good practice and providing support and advice to patients, practices, health and care professionals to improve healthcare services, to involve those who are difficult to reach and to ensure that patients are at the centre of all healthcare decisions.

Ways to get involved:

  • Via your GP surgery ask at reception about your Patient Participation Group (PPG), sometimes called a forum, and ask to join it.
  • Ring North Durham CCG for details on 0191 389 8600.

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Practice representatives on the North Durham Patient Reference Group

Key: Blue – Chester-le-Street | Red – Durham | Green – Derwentside