RCGP Northern Ireland Patients in Practice Group
The Patients in Practice (PiP) Group is an active and important part of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Northern Ireland (RCGPNI), highlighting patient views and interests.
RCGPNI Patients in Practice Group (PiP) consists of 2 GPs and 8 lay members who work on a number of local projects as well as promoting patient involvement locally. The group, Chaired by Dr David Keenan (lay representative), meet 4 times per annum.
The Patients in Practice (PiP) group are keen to promote patient involvement and further its objective of increasing the number of patient participation groups within GP surgeries. To do this, they developed a personal and public involvement film and a waiting room poster, while also working with N.A.P.P., the College campaign partner, to updated their Patient Participation Group booklet. All of these items will be available to all practices in Northern Ireland by March 2015.
The PiP group launched the online DVD at the 2014 Annual Conference in Liverpool during the ‘Patient Participation in Primary Care: A Future Requirement Towards a Primary Service of Excellence’ session. This was the first all patient run session at RCGP Annual Conference. The Chair and Deputy Chair of the group were invited to the Public Health Agency’s Regional Patient and Public involvement forum to show and discuss the outputs of this project.
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The PiP group has also been involved in supporting the College’s Put Patients First: Back General Practice campaign.
In May 2014, Dr Keenan accompanied the RCGPNI Chair to campaign meetings with the Alliance Party’s health spokesperson, Mr Kieran McCarthy MLA, and to a separate meeting with Alliance’s Judith Cochrane MLA. Members also assisted in promoting the campaign petition.
In October, the Deputy Chair, Mr Michael Holden, accompanied the RCGPNI Policy and Public Affairs Officer to an MLA Practice Visit undertaken by DUP MLA and Health Committee member, Ms Pam Cameron, to Templepatrick Surgery.
In November 2014, Dr David Keenan accompanied the Chair to meetings with politicians. These included the Deputy Chair of the Committee, Ms Paula Bradley (DUP), Health Committee member Ms Pam Cameron (DUP) and Mr Phil Flanagan (Sinn Féin).
To find out more about the work of the PiP Group contact Rebecca.Irwin@rcgp.org.uk or telephone: 020 3188 7721.