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Getting patient groups online

There are now more than 33,000 people connected via NHS Networks and more joining every day. Among the interesting new uses for the service, we are seeing GPs and practice managers setting up virtual patient reference groups. Under new measures introduced with the changes to the GP contract earlier this year, practices can earn extra income by doing more to involve patients in feedback and development of local services. Setting up an online group is a great way to make it easier for patients to take part without having to attend too many meetings. It may also help make patient groups more representative. For more information about setting up an online patient group on NHS Networks contact peter.bullivant@pcc.nhs.uk