About the Patient Participation Group




Amherst’s current PPG is made up of volunteer patients from the Practice who meet regularly – together with practice manager Ravi, and GP rep Dr Kansagra – to provide a vital link between Amherst’s patients and the partners and staff who look after them. 

  • We offer constructive criticism as well as ideas to improve communications, procedures and patient care. 
  • We produce this newsletter, and we keep an eye on the AMP website. 
  • We help with AMP’s vaccination clinics, and we assist with the information displays at the Practice. 
  • For the benefit of patients, doctors and support staff, we do everything we can to help the Practice.
  • And we give credit where it is due.

Image of PPG Mambers

Back Row Left to Right
Andy, Richard, Caro, Melanie (chair), Rosie, Simon

Front Row Left to Right
Tony, Wendy, David, Nick

Patient Participation Groups exist to give GP practices a means of obtaining feedback on services from patients.

The Amherst PPG meets quarterly at the St Botolph’s Road surgery and its members are Amherst patients, the Practice Manager and one of the GPs.

Patients can make suggestions for discussion by using the Have Your Say noticeboard in the surgery, by leaving messages for the Chair via the Practice Manager.

The PPG helps the practice with the annual patient survey by suggesting question topics, helping compile the survey questionnaire and ensuring patients have the opportunity to complete it.


What is a Patient Participation Group?

Amherst PPG is made up of patients and practice staff who meet at regular intervals. The PPG discusses ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered to the patients. The group works to represent the views of the whole patient community.

As a patient you can have a view on the things that matter in our health service.


What Is The Purpose Of The Patient Paticipation Group? 

  • To give practice staff and patients the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in their practice.
  • To provide the means for patients to make positive suggestions about the practice and their own health care.
  • To act as a representative group which can be used to influence the local provision of Health and Social Care.

If you would like to be an active PPG member or a corresponding member, whose opinion the PPG can seek on specific issues please contact the Chair via the Practice Manager or by using our secure online form


About the Amherst Patient Participation Group 

The first Amherst Medical Practice Patient Participation Group was established in September 2011. Every attempt has been made to reflect the demographic of the Practice and its catchment area. 

The current PPG chair is Melanie McInerney.