Patient Participation Group

The role of the patient is no longer as a passive recipient of care. There is widespread commitment across the NHS to involve patients and carers in the design, planning and delivery of health services. Engaging patients about services is at the heart of the NHS.

Every GP Practice has a Patient Participation Group (PPG). Patients can give feedback and comments about the Practice to the PPG. The Practice can also ask patients through this group for their comments on the services the Practice offers or planned improvements.

Cuckfield Medical Practice has an active and vibrant Virtual Patient Participation Group (VPPG) with 12 patient members. We also have a growing number of people signed up to receive occasional emails from us.

We are all local volunteers who are patients and carers that use Practice services. We are always delighted to hear feedback about local services from patients and carers and we can also forward minutes of meetings to patients on request.

To read our Terms of Reference please click here

You can sign up to receive information about meetings or consultations on service improvements by contacting us on the following email address:

Patient Participation Report

Each year we meet with our Patient Participation Group (PPG) and discuss our plans for the year ahead. At the end of each financial year we review those plans and actions, and produce a report in conjunction with the PPG.

PPG Annual Reports

If you would like to know more about the VPPG or would like to join, please contact:

Email us at :

Or Tweet us at :


Locality Patient Participation Group

A group of local GP Practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) have joined together to form a Locality Group to share local health information for the benefit of all their patients.

They have put together an information sheet which gives details about Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and how local GP Practices are working together, see link below.


Sent to West Sussex Patient Participation Group and Health Network members

I hope you are all keeping well during these difficult times. As there is lots of news and information circulating at the moment which can be overwhelming, you may find it useful to check the national NHS website for up to date information about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The NHS website includes information on symptoms, self-isolation and also a link to the 111 coronavirus service for people to check if they have coronavirus symptoms and what to do next. The information is reviewed daily as things change so it is the best place to find the most current information. You can access all of this via the link below:

In brief, the advice is to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

The website also includes information on:

  • How long to stay at home
  • How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing, hand washing etc) – do’s and don’ts
  • If you are at high risk
  • How coronavirus is spread
  • Pregnancy advice
  • Travel advice
  • Treatment