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PPG Minutes

Monkfield Medical Practice


PPG – Meeting Agenda 20th March 2018



PPG Members:

Eric Cawkill                           Temur Yunusov

Fran Panrucker                       Enid Wheately

Christine Cowell                    Rosemary Dillon

John Flynn                             Alex Kersting

Richard Farley                       Sarah Kidson

Bryan Ward (PPG Chair)

Hannah Crisford, MMP Practice Manager


  • Apologies for absence

Carmela Dorn, Assistant Practice Manager

Dr Koo, Dr Siriwardena, Dr Cowee MMP Partners

Chris Warwick

Pam Turner

Mike Jenvey


  • Reminder of the role of the PPG


The chair welcomed new member to the group and provided an explanation of the role of the PPG:


PPGs can play a number of roles, including:

  • 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 or the wider NHS to improve commissioning
  • Fundraising to improve the services provided by the practice


  1. Communication            


Confirmation that the new telephone system is in place, feedback is being gathered and will be assessed in a couple of months to see if changes need to be made. Feedback from the group was:


Acknowledgement that this will be a great improvement

Order of the items – appointments needs to come first

Clarity on whether you can jump straight to your option

Need to reiterate the timings through communication

To put posters up in the surgery about the timings and routing options


Need to make better use of the Crier to promote PPG, and to consider the development of a logo.


  • Promotional ideas


Presentation and update provided regarding the planned event for Parents with Young Children education session.


Pending update from Surgery on GP lead & date


  • Drop ins etc.


No others planned at the moment, ideas being captured.


  • Practice News


Recruitment of 2 new Nurse Practitioners has been completed, anticipated start date May.


  • Expansion of Cambourne and Bourne


Meeting has been planned for MMP to meet with CCG, NHS & Council to commence discussions on the Health Needs of Cambourne in line with the expansion of patients.


Attracting a younger group of people – Sarah suggested a discussion with Cambourne College.


Temur suggested a tool that interacts with kids on matters that they are interested in and that supports them manage the information available to them on issues such as weight, looks that isn’t always correct or positive out there on the internet.


  • AOB


Cost of Defib training

Attendance sheet to be development to capture this and seek approval for PPG Chair to communication via email


Date of next meeting: To be arranged and circulated.



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