Thursday, 22 April 2021

Gloucestershire Patient Participation Group (PPG) Network

Countywide PPG Network Meeting Friday 23rd April 2021

Georgie Kemp has agreed to represent Aspen at the next Countywide PPG Event and will report back to the group on key points raised.  The meeting scheduled for Friday 23 Apr will focus on the following: 

Locality sessions

We have also added 30 minutes to the end of the main network meeting to allow PPG members from each locality to have an opportunity to hear more about their area and to meet PPG representatives from their locality. We are starting this from Friday with the first locality being Gloucester.

Spotlight on… Communicating with your PPG and patients

The Spotlight session for this meeting is the topic that came second in the last poll so we felt that we should give some time to it.

Following feedback after the last meeting, the Spotlight will be co-chaired by two PPG network members. A big thank you to Ros and Rita for agreeing to being the first to try this approach.

In order to help with the discussions on Friday please could we ask you to complete a very short survey about how you currently communicate with your PPG or patient population. The survey is here

Topic Taster Session: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

As a team, we have been working with quite a few PPG’s and Practices across the county over the last few months, with some fantastic work taking place. There has been a discussion with most of these around equality, diversity and inclusion so Caroline has kindly agreed to talk a bit about this very broad subject with the plan that further discussions can be had at future meetings.

Get Involved in Gloucestershire

As always, please take a look at Get Involved in Gloucestershire and specifically the PPG pages as information and news is added fairly regularly.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

'Be Well' Gloucestershire

About 'Be Well'

Be Well Gloucestershire is a new campaign aimed at encouraging people across Gloucestershire to 'Be Well' and access support for their mental and wellbeing throughout 2021.  To find out more click here to view the resources and A to Z of services or email 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Loneliness and Social Isolation

Healthwatch Gloucestershire

Tea and Talk – Let’s Talk about Loneliness and Social Isolation 

What does loneliness mean to you? What could be done to tackle loneliness in Gloucestershire? 

Join Natalie on Wednesday 17th March at 11am on Zoom for a cup of tea (or whatever you fancy!) to talk all things loneliness and social isolation. Here you will have the chance to tell us your thoughts, make suggestions and connect with others all while contributing to our research on social isolation and loneliness in Gloucestershire. 

E-mail Natalie at for more information and for a link to join this free event.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Join the Event for the Active Ageing Forum!

Active Gloucestershire 
be hosting this event on Wednesday 24th March between 2 - 4pm.   During this event they will be covering what can be put in place to encourage older people to move more as we prepare to re-open activities.  This is a great opportunity to think about getting active as we move through the future as Covid restrictions change. To 
Book your place, click on the link:

To learn meore about Active Gloucestershire and the contribution they make in the county to health & wellbeing visit there web site

Friday, 5 March 2021

Farewell to the out going Chairman and Clinical Lead

Farewell to the outgoing Chairman and PPG Clinical Lead

We said a fond farewell to two prominent members of the Aspen Patients Participation Group this week and presented them with meritorious service certificates to recognise their achievements with the PPG.

Andrew Harding has served as the Chairman of the group and has been instrumental to the leadership and direction of the PPG.  Leading by example he has always been visible when supporting the practice with campaigns such as the flu campaign and lately supporting the practice at Churchdown with the Mass Vaccination Programme.  We bid Andrew and his wife Tricia who have both been supporting the PPG all the best for the future and thank him for his loyal service to the Aspen Community. 

Dr Jhumpa Sarkar has supported the group as the PPG Clinical lead acting as the interface between the PPG and the Aspen Practice.  Jhumpa is one of the practices partners and started off at Saintbridge surgery in 2003 after finishing her medical training, where she trained in obstetrics and gynaecology before deciding to be a GP.  Jhumpa has been a real asset to the PPG since the merger of practices forming the Aspen Medical Practice and will be missed by all of the members on the group.

We have received lots of messages from members wishing both Andrew and Jhumpa all the best and much appreciation for the service they have given to the PPG and know they have left good legacies to follow with the development and forthcoming changes with the PPG.  At the present time the Chairman's position will not be filled, until the membership is developed and settled into the new ways of operating as a PPG.  The Interim Vice Chairman will support the direction and develop alongside Dr Nicky Wilson who has taken the role on from Dr Sarkar.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Join the Aspen PPG

Do you want to make a difference? Are you a registered patient at Aspen Medical Practice? Then read on!


The Aspen Medical Practice was formed following the merger of four practices (Heathville, Barnwood, London Road and Saintbridge Medical Practices) in April 2018. 

The practice is currently operating in a climate with increasing pressures and fewer available resources and health care professionals. As isolated practices they were unable to recruit and this was adding to the burden of existing doctors and staff.

The senior partners saw an opportunity to work differently and shape the practice where they could provide high quality modern care to patients whilst preserving the wellbeing of the health care professionals and all staff delivering that service.


As part of this change it is important to give practice staff and patients the opportunity to, where possible, share decision-making in the running of the practice. To provide for patients to make positive suggestions about the practice, and be an advocate for patient preferences when appropriate. 

As Aspen serves approximately 30K registered patients we have decided to invite expressions of interest and raise the level of membership from 25 to 30 serving members................

Still interested? do you bring skills and experience to make a difference?


Sunday, 28 February 2021

Changes to the Aspen PPG

The Aspen Patient Participation Group are going through some governance and structural changes following the resignation of the former chairman Andrew Harding.  Throughout lockdown we have learnt that a change is required and we are looking at how the PPG will operate in the future.  We are reviewing our membership and will be inviting expressions of interest to complete an online application.  To help individuals understand what a PPG is, we have put some guidelines together.

What is a PPG?  A patient participation group (PPG) is a group of people who are patients of the surgery and want to help it work as well as it can for patients, doctors and staff.  By promoting sustainable cooperation and collaboration between the medical staff and patients will support effective healthcare.  

Why?  From April 2016, it has been a contractual requirement for all English GP practices to form a PPG and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population.

How? The development of the PPG is down to the individual GP practice and they become responsible for all aspects of its functionality, from timescales, to membership, to roles and responsibilities.  Virtual PPGs are also now developing based on email networks and social media to enable the group to reach out to the wider diverse population. This will ensure engagement with all sections of the population including those from minority communities.  Whilst membership to a PPG is the responsibility of the practice, the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) states there are a number of ways PPGs can benefit their  GP practices, which include:

Advising the practice on the patient perspective

Organising health promotion events

Communicating with the wider patient body

Running volunteer services and support groups to meet local needs

Carrying out research into the views of those who use the practice (and their carers)

Influencing the practice to improve commissioning of health care services.

What will make a good PPG?  The PPG is here to support and work In partnership with the practice.  By building the relationship with the practice and it’s staff will be beneficial to the patients who are registered at the practice.  It is important that members are sensitive to the day to day running of the practice and be generous and supportive when approaching the practice.  With a constitution in place, it will clearly define how members will operate and conduct themselves with the practice and its staff.  Through building a structure fit for purpose we can ensure we have representation of all ages and be inclusive as well as diverse.  Adopting the core values of the medical center will ensure the PPG is aligned to the strategic direction of the practice and will have a common theme between the staff and the PPG.

What are the next steps?  The PPG membership will be holding an expressions of interest phase where patients can and have registered an interest to join the PPG.  We will be extending our membership to a maximum of 30 members inclusive of those serving on the sub committee.  Members appointed will be required to sign the constitution and can offer support in various positions to support the development of services provided by the practice.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Patient information videos now available on NHS.UK

 Information videos now available on NHS.UK

The national health and care video library, licenced for use as part of NHSX’s response to COVID-19, is now linked from the homepage of This adds another way for patients shielding at home to be able to access over more than 600 free health and care videos.

The videos are written by NHS clinicians and developed to work within a range of care pathways. An online resource hub is also available to NHS clinicians, including guidance on how to access the videos by clinical specialism.

The library has received positive feedback from patients and clinicians alike and we are keen for it to be used widely by NHS colleagues, so please share across your networks. We've also launched a new video on how patients should use a pulse oximeter and track results. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

PPG Network - 15th January 2021

Agenda and meeting

Please find attached the agenda for the PPG Network meeting on Friday 15th January 2021, usual time of 10am- 11:30am. We would recommend you logging in to the meeting from 9:45am to allow for any technical issues. The link to the meeting can be found at the top of the agenda but here it is for convenience

Spotlight agenda item – action needed

Please can we ask you to let us know your experiences, both positive and negative, of how you, as a PPG, interact with your practice. Please also let us know any questions you may have as all of this information will form the structure for the ‘Spotlight…’ agenda item.

Get Involved in Gloucestershire

I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the Get Involved in Gloucestershire participation platform which you can find here This is a platform that can support you as PPG members to network and support each other through the PPG Network online forum which can be found here

The Patient and Public Engagement team look forward to seeing you on Friday, you will hear from them again with some additional notices and opportunities for the PPG to get involved with.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Mass Vaccination Programme has started

The mass Vaccination programme for the 80+ year group from Aspen Medical Centre started on Saturday 19th December at CHURCHDOWN community centre.  Practice staff and members of the PPG worked together through the day to deliver over 400 vaccinations to patients as part of the first dose.  The second dose will be administered to the same group in 21 days.  Watch the video to see how well the day went and the reaction from some of the patients who received their first vaccination.

Gloucestershire Patient Participation Group (PPG) Network

Countywide PPG Network Meeting Friday 23rd April 2021 Georgie Kemp has agreed to represent Aspen at the next Countywide PPG Event and will r...