About the Patient Participation Group




ppg may 2024

About the Patient Participation Group

We are a committee of volunteers which meets quarterly with a GP Partner and the practice manager Mr Ravi Iyer. The current PPG Chairperson is Melanie McInerny

Back Row Left to Right
Caro, Rosie, Jackie
Front Row Left to Right
Nick, Tony, Melanie (chair), Simon


What Is The Purpose Of The Patient Participation Group?

We are here to assist the Practice to improve services by:

  • Representing patients’ views and improving communication between patients and the Amherst Medical Practice (AMP).
  • Receiving comments from patients about the AMP and responding to them.
  • Expressing opinions on behalf of patients regarding AMP policies.
  • Surveying patients and analysing the results with the Practice.
  • Contributing to the development of the AMP.

The PPG actively promotes the appropriate and efficient use of medical resources and collaboratively seeks to improve the health of the AMP patient community through publicity of healthy lifestyle choices and preventative medicine. Please look out for our regular newsletters sent out by the Practice, printed copies are available from reception.

Beyond AMP we provide a patient voice to the local Primary Care Network which develops services for eight local practices. We can also influence the provision of primary, secondary and social care through input to the Kent and Medway Integrated Commissioning Board and co-operation with the Care Quality Commission.


How to get in touch?

Your experiences, views and ideas are important to us, please get in touch using our secure online form or from leaflets on our noticeboard in the waiting rooms of the practices.