Patient Participation Group

The Aims of the Patient Participation Group

Atrium Health is inviting all registered patients to join the Patient Participation Group. Atrium Health wants your comments on what you like about your surgery, and your feedback on anything you don't think is working well. It is also interested in your views on how to improve the practice.

Whether you are a patient at Crossways or Dorchester surgery, you are warmly invited to join today. It couldn't be simpler to join - simply send us your name, address and e-mail address and, as long as you are a registered patient, you will be added to the group.

The members of the Patient Participation Group will receive e-mails approximately every three months inviting them to contribute their views on particular aspects of the practice. Each e-mail will contain a short questionnaire asking for your views.

The Patient Participation Group will have a real voice in assessing how well Atrium Health is doing and can expect in return that Atrium Health will develop and share an Action Plan.

Click here to read terms of reference

Meeting Minutes, Updates and Webinars

Dorset Care Record - webinar recording and presentation slides

NHS Dorset PPG Monthly Blog - read updates about the work being done with PPGs

How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing? - watch a video explaining this

Resilience Webinar - the recording, presentation slides and leaflets on home emergency plans & grab-bag essentials are now available here.



There are a number of newsletters and updates that could be useful to view including:

  • NHS Dorset’s latest updates are here
  • Healthwatch England have their latest news on the primary care recovery plan
  • Help and Kindness’ latest news can be seen here
  • You can view the latest news from the Patients Association here

Ongoing Campaigns/PPG Projects

  • A campaign called ‘Little things, BIG difference’ helps raise awareness of volunteering, looking out for neighbours/other in the local community, being more thoughtful/kind to others and looking after yourself amongst other things. Click here to see the website.
  • It is important to know what your blood pressure is and share this information with your GP practice. Please click here for further information.

Patients Association

The Patients Association are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and as part of this are encouraging people to find out about them, sign up to their newsletter or even join up! For more information about them please click here to visit their website.


Orcha App Library

If you or anyone you know has used the Orcha app library or one of the digital health tools available in Dorset – Viso blood pressure app, myCOPD app, myDiabetes app, myAsthma app, ACR self-test tool etc, NHS Dorset's digital team would love to hear from you! Please contact to share your story. 


Dorset Council are looking for stories or examples from people who have used or benefitted from the Dorset carers leaflet. Ideally, they would like to hear how the leaflets have been used and what difference it made to the carer and/or organisations giving out the leaflets. If you have experience of giving out or using the leaflet, Amanda Dunning would love to hear from you – if you could provide a few words, a case study or use your mobile to record a video that would be helpful. Please contact Amanda for more information:

Useful Information

Cancer Research UK - update about a trail app to support people going through clinical trials 

Chat Café – a Dorset based group set up to encourage people to meet and chat

Dorset County Hospital - latest news

Dorset Health Walks - led by trained volunteers who support people in the community to get active

Healthwatch Dorset - the county’s independent health and care champion - click here for their February 2024 newsletter

Home Library Service - available to people in Dorset, operated by the Royal Voluntary Service

LiveWell Dorset - help people living in Dorset lead healthier, happier lives - coaching, support and advice is free

King’s Fund report - strategies to reduce waiting times for elective care 

King’s Fund update – includes a reflection on the start of the Integrated Care System (ICS) and reports and updates including NHS providers, County Council Networks and the Department of Health and Social Care

National Institute for Health and Care Research - fund, enable and deliver world-leading health and social care research

National Voices - latest newsletter includes information about the national work they’ve been doing on refreshing the guidance on integrated care strategies, to make improvements for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector

NHS Dorset Patient Participation Groups - general information 

Parks Foundation – an organisation that raises awareness and supports the parks in the BCP area

Prostate Cancer UK message – letter delivered to the new Health Secretary, asking the government to better help people living with prostate cancer

Public Health Dorset - work across Dorset and involved in many activities to support people in the county

University Hospitals Dorset - latest news

Woodland Trust – an opportunity for community groups and schools to receive free trees, hedges, etc. to encourage more planting in community spaces

Your Choices in the NHS - interesting information for patients about their legal right to choose where they have NHS treatment

Calendar of National Campaigns/Event Days

You can look ahead of time to plan events or promotions that coincide with national event days/weeks/months. Please click here to look at the calendar.