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


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.


Winter Health and Care Marketplace

An opportunity to talk to health and care professionals and free health checks and covid vaccinations will be offered for those who are eligible.

Free to attend and no booking required.

Poole event: Click here for details

Further information can be read here.

Research Hub Presentation

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th December from 2pm to 4pm, which will include a tour of the facility! If you’re interested in coming along please sign up here. If you have any queries about the event please contact Chrissy Sturt:

A short video explaining what the research hub is about is here.


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. 


If you are or know a carer who has used either Carers Support Dorset, Rethink Dorset Carers Service, The Leonardo Trust Carers Counselling Service, or Dorset Carers Card, Dorset Council would love to hear from you. They are reviewing their services and it’s really important they hear what’s happening from a service user’s perspective. There are some powerful stories out there from some of the brilliant carers support organisations in Dorset. If you would like to share your experiences, please email

Day Care Services

Dorset Council have launched a survey to get an understanding of day care services in their area. If you live in the Dorset Council area and either have experience or views on day care services, please click here to complete the survey. It’s really important that the council hear views from people to help improve their service.

Review of Diabetes Foot Services in Dorset

If you or anyone you know is living with diabetes and has had experience of your local foot (podiatry) services, the south-west team for NHS England want your feedback! Please click here to complete the survey. Paper copies are available on request from your podiatrist if preferred.


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

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

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