The Limes Medical Centre PPG Constitution

NAME: The name of the group shall be THE LIMES PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (LPPG).

MISSION STATEMENT: The object for which the LPPG is established is to promote the highest possible standard of primary medical care through the medium of patient participation.

OBJECTIVES

  • To enhance communication between the patients and all Partners and staff of the Limes Medical Centre (hereinafter called the ‘Practice’).
  • To act as an indicator towards the Practice’s system of suggestions and complaints.
  • To promote health education and awareness in partnership with the Practice.
  • After discussion with the Partners, to instigate any other matter which is deemed in the interest of the patients and the Practice.
  • The group shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.
  • The group shall have the power to affiliate to the National Association of Patient Participation Groups and to other organisations with similar objectives.
  • The group shall at all times respect diversity and will be committed to the principles contained within the Equality Act.
  • LPPG has the option to act as a focus for fund raising activities. 

MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership shall be open to all persons, with a strategic core made up of no more than fourteen people, to include a Chairperson, a vice Chairperson and a Secretary/Administrator.
  • Members are expected to play an active role in the activities of the group.
  • Any information made available by the Practice at meetings should be regarded as confidential unless otherwise stated.
  • Membership of the group is not a platform for the propagation of personal issues. 

MEETINGS OF THE GROUP

  • At any Group meeting, four members plus a core member will constitute a quorum.
  • The Group’s first meeting of each calendar year will be an AGM.  There should be a minimum of four other meetings in each year.
  • Where appropriate, a member of the Practice staff will be invited to attend the meeting.
  • Notices of meetings, reports on meetings and information about the PPG’s activities will be displayed on LPPG notice-board, in surgery waiting rooms and on the Group’s web page, and members will be notified by email alerts, and through the post when necessary. 

ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

This Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed at an AGM or a Special General Meeting, by a majority of least two thirds of the members present and eligible to vote, three weeks’ notice having been given of the proposed alteration.  Any dissolution of the Group shall be dealt with in the same way.


DISSOLUTION
The LLPG may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in majority vote at a special meeting. Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid shall either be donated to the Surgery for the benefit of patients or donated to local Charities as the meeting sees fit.

A copy of the constitution document can be downloaded from here.