National Association for Patient Participation C.I.O.

National Association for Patient Participation C.I.O.

At a glance


  • Health and well being / research and care

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


The National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P), founded in 1978, is uniquely placed as the sole umbrella, independent organisation supporting and encouraging the development of patient participation groups (PPGs) in UK general practice. In 2017 the GP contract stated that all GP surgeries must have a PPG but did not specify how the PPG should be organised or operate.

The main objective of N.A.P.P is to foster the highest possible standard of primary care through the medium of patient participation.




N.A.P.P. strives to meet its objectives by:

  • Promoting the benefits of PPGs to individual practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
  • Publicising the achievements realised by individual PPGs.
  • Working with policy makers at the UK level focusing on the importance of listening to the patient voice within general practice.
  • Speaking at conferences and events throughout the UK.
  • Working with universities and research organisations promoting the involvement of the patient in the design of research.
  • Embracing the potential of digital technology. 
  • Encouraging the formation of networks at regional and local level.
  • Pursuance of grants and fundraising streams.

PPGs work in partnership with their practices to:

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


Patient participation groups are offered:

  • a monthly e-bulletin
  • access to our website’s member pages, including resources on setting up and running PPGs and the online discussion forum
  • support for the formation of local PPG networks
  • opportunities to promote the PPG and patient voice at a national level, shaping and developing national health policy and responding to national consultations
  • attendance at N.A.P.P. national and regional conferences
  • the right to contribute fully to N.A.P.P. Annual General Meetings


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