A Participation Group is a public or community-led group that can be linked to a particular health and social care topic, service, organisation or geographical area.
Ideally, it will involve a good mix of people that reflects the diversity of the community. Members provide a public, service user or carer perspective on the health and social care services that are offered to the community. It is good practice for health and social care staff to also be part of the group, as this will enable service providers and users to work together.
One example of a Participation Group is a Patient Participation Group which is a patient-led group linked to a general practice. Here patients and practice staff work together for the benefit of the practice and the population it serves.