Patient Participation Group

The Patient Participation Group is made up from a number of patients who are registered with the Practice and who have volunteered to be members of the Group.


  • Improve patient care
  • Improve customer relations
  • Act as a ‘communications’ tool
  • Facilitate change
  • Problem solving
  • Act as a pressure group to Newbury Primary Care Trust
  • Link with other groups
  • Research good practice
  • Raise awareness
  • Promote good healthcare

The Chairman can be contacted via the Practice. The Group meets bi-monthly and an annual Newsletter is produced.

View the most recent Newsletter.

What is the Patient Participation Group (PPG)?

Thatcham Medical Practice PPG has operated for a number of years.

One of the Government’s initiatives is to have patients involved with the planning and running of all aspects of the NHS. GP practices are encouraged to form PPGs made up of patients and practice staff to act as a link.

PPG Objectives:

  • Improve patient care and relations
  • Act as a good communication tool and raise awareness
  • Suggest change and address issues
  • Act as a lobby group to Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Promote good practice and healthcare

The PPG meets 6 times a year and all are welcome; dates and minutes of meetings can be found on the PPG notice board in the waiting room.

Patient Reference Group (PRG)

Thatcham Medical Practice is setting up a ‘Virtual’ Patient Reference Group (PRG) to run alongside the main PPG (Patient Participation Group). We plan to use this community to consult with patients on a regular basis via email.

The purpose of the Patient Reference Group is to ensure that patients are involved in decisions about the range and quality of services provided and, over time, commissioned by the practice. In other words, patients are given a say in the way services are delivered to best meet their needs and the needs of the local community.

Thatcham Medical Practice aims to promote the proactive engagement of patients through the use of effective Patient Reference Groups (PRGs) and to seek views from practice patients through the use of a local practice survey and other available methods. The outcomes of the engagement and the views of patients will be published on our practice website.

If you would like to be involved in the virtual PRG, request for the registration form from one of our receptionist. Please return the completed form to the surgery by post, in person or by email at


Thatcham Medical Practice (TMP) goes Walkabout 2017, was inspired by our Patient Participation Group, who started a fortnightly walking group in May.

We are all aware of the health benefits of cardiovascular fitness and vit D, so we decided to soak up the summer rays and get healthier. In typical TMP fashion, the staff were eager to take on a fun challenge. We decided to walk across Britain, and then wherever the road may take us. We divided into 4 groups and the walkabout has been more fun and competitive than we could have anticipated. Wonderful side of TMP, active and energised.

This event takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. We start from TMP at 12:30 and return within 30 to 45 minutes. Come and join us!

GP Patient Survey

The results of the GP Patient Survey 2019 are now available – read more

PPG Presentation

Please view our latest Kennet PCN Joint PPG Meeting presentation.