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Winchcombe Medical Centre





  • To act as the voice of the patient population
  • To encourage increased communication and dialogue between patients and the practice
  • To allow patients to take more responsibility for their own healthcare
  • To support the practice and the local community

The group comprises a representative GP, Melissa Parsloe, Clare Burton plus patients drawn from across the surgery.



We will not deal with personal medical issues or individual patient complaints as there is already a well established procedure to deal with these.



Since the introduction of the Patient Participation Group in June 2010, we have been extremely lucky to have had a very proactive and committed membership.



 Please contact either Melissa Parsloe or Clare Burton  on 01242 602307 who will forward your details to the PPG chair who will be in touch. You can just be a virtual member if you prefer. 


Current Achievements                     

The members of the PPG have worked together to implement new ideas, increase health awareness in the community and support the practice. Some of our recent successes have included:


The organisation and management of several health awareness events. These have received extremely encouraging feedback and show the direct connection between the work of the PPG and a real positive impact for a large number of people. This gives patients a greater understanding of their most relevant and important health issues.


Health awareness events have covered a wide range of topics including:

  • Diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Men’s Health           
  • Teenage Health
  • Menopause
  • Lifestyle advice

At the Winchcombe Show, members actively encouraged alternatives to accident and emergency departments, in order to raise awareness of a very current problem in the NHS. This is an important issue in the community, which has a wide reaching effect on local hospitals.

Most Recently the PPG has been invaluable in helping to support the practice in developing its ideas and plans for the new extension. The extension will help to add further outpatient services to the local community, increasing the range of healthcare services available to patients.


A bullet point list of all topics discussed and achievements are listed below:



June 2010:                           Group formed by the Winchcombe Medical Centre.


Sept 2010:                           Feedback from 2009 NHS Survey  - resulting in changes within the



Sept 2010:                           Survey into the effects of the closure of the Winchcombe Outpatients

                                             Service. An ongoing project.


Nov 2010:                            Introduction of Patient Comments Box in reception.


April 2011:                          Introduction of a large format digital signage system installed in main

                                           reception – showing NHS campaign videos and posters, important

                                           practice information, BBC news.


April 2011:                          Health Awareness Event – Presentation and Forum on ‘Menopause

                                           Problems’ attended by practice patients.


April 2011:                          Interview on Radio Winchcombe (local community radio).


August 2011:                      PPG / Practice took a stall at the Winchcombe County Show – openly



October 2011:                    Health Awareness Event: Presentations and Forum on ‘Managing Mental

                                           Health’ attended by practice patients.



October 2011:                    Further interview on Radio Winchcombe (local community radio).


December 2011:               Corporate identity for the group launched – to create independent status


January 2012:                     Virtual Patient Group  launched


March 2012:                        Men’s Health – Health Awareness Evening


August 2012                        PPG / Practice took a stall at the Winchcombe County Show – openly


September 2012                 Battle the Bulge - Healthy Living Awareness Event


February 2013                    Involvement in formal consultation around the future of local Outpatient                                                   Services. 

March 2013                        Preparation for the first Teenage Health Awareness Event locally.


May 2013                           PPG have their say about Winchcombe Outpatients Services.


July 2013                           Discussion on winning the Corkhill Award awarded by the NAPP.


September 2013                Raising awareness of the PPG in the community.


November 2013                 Feedback from the Teenage Health Awareness Event.


January 2014                     Encouraging more PPG virtual members.


March 2014                       Presented summary of National Patient Survey 2013.


May 2014                          PPG campaigning for Winchcombe Surgery Extention.


July 2014                           Preparing for Winchcombe Show including 'Alternatives to A&E'


September 2014                PPG networking meeting with with other local surgeries.


November 2014                 Positive feedback from pupils at the Teenage Health Event.


January 2015                     Good news to share on the extention - plans submitted!


March 2015                       Planning permission received! Diabetes awareness event scheduled.


May 2015                          Preparation for the Men's Health Event.


July 2015                           Great debrief on the success of the Men's Health Event.


September 2015               PPG networking meeting and Choice


January 2016                    Fundraising for the extension


March 2016                        Preparing for Mindfulness event


May 2016                            Mind Matters debrief


September 2016                Official extension opening


October 2016                    Outstanding rating from CQC inspectors

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