Patient Participation Group

Who are we?

We are a group of (patient) volunteers who assist in providing a link between patients and Sonning Common Health Centre.


We would like to hear from you

We welcome your views, ideas and needs on how you think Sonning Common Health Centre might improve its environment and care.


What we have been doing - a few examples:

Car parking: We undertook a car park survey to monitor misuse.

Action: Suggested better signage in the car park. Signage has been increased after new fencing installed and parking misuse has improved.

We advised on the priorities of gift fund spending, to purchase equipment or items that would improve the surgery, for example, the automatic doors and the information screen in the waiting room.

We were invited to comment on the draft Practice Brochure, this has now been published.

We were involved in the advertising and distribution of the flu campaign flyers.

Some of us undertake voluntary work to improve the surgery.


For contact details please:

1. Click ‘Contact Us’ to leave a message using the link at the top of this page.

2. Complete a PPG contact form in Reception.

3. Email directly to

Our Members


I work with Oxford’s Clinical Commissioning Group to transfer proven solutions developed in Sonning Common Health Centre to other Oxon practices. I grow some of my own vegetables; bake my own bread, keen cyclist, swimmer and water skier. Interested in helping anyone to defeat obesity by becoming more active and eating the right foods.  Business school graduate, serial entrepreneur, assisting start-ups in health, energy and cyber defence.


I recently retired from a career in the public sector. I have lived in Sonning Common for over 40 years and want to help in the development of SCHC to face the challenges of the future both medical and due to the increase in patient numbers due to expansion of the village.

Vicky (Chair)

I have been a lifelong patient of Sonning Common Health Centre. I am a physiotherapist who has worked in the NHS for 9 years. For the last 6 years or so I have been working in the private health care sector. I am keen to help Sonning Common Health Centre to continue to improve despite the building pressures within the NHS.


I am a retired secondary school teacher and Head of English Faculty at Highdown School, Emmer Green.  I was Vice-Chair of Governors at Chiltern Edge School until 2005 and Chairman of Sonning Common Parish Council for six years until May 2017.  I am currently Chairman of two local authorities' School Appeals Panels and a Sonning Common Parish Councillor.  I have been a resident of Sonning Common since 1970, and I am married with two sons.


I have been a patient at the Sonning Common Health Centre since I moved here more than 40 years ago.  Now retired and as a member of the PPG team, I am keen to use my business experience to help ensure that we continue to enjoy great health care in Sonning Common despite pressure on resources from rapidly increasing patient numbers and budget constraints.


Sally has been a patient of Sonning Common Health Centre for 28 years.  Sally is a retired social worker with a particular interest and expertise in care for people with dementia.  She worked for many years for both Health and Social Care where she was the lead for prevention of hospital admission.


I have lived in Sonning Common for 36 years. I retired from nursing at the end of August 2019 having always worked in the NHS – the last 30 years being in the community and in GP practices in Berkshire and Sth. Oxfordshire. My speciality for the last 15 years has been to provide diabetes education to nurses and also to people who have the condition. Joining the PPG I hope to share the knowledge that I have gained through working in the NHS so as to provide a link between the patient and the health centre.


I worked for 16 years in Adult Social Care and I was planning and commissioning services for people with disabilities, older people and carers. I changed my career a couple of years ago and became a life coach specialising in helping people overcome stress, anxiety and handling life challenges with resilience and better results.  I completed four half-marathons - no mean feat as I am in a wheelchair. I am passionate about helping people live healthy and fulfilling lives and I am very keen on helping Sonning Common Health Centre to continue to thrive.

Minutes of PPG meetings:

PPG meeting 17.12.19

PPG meeting 21.01.20

PPG meeting 25.02.20

PPG meeting 25.08.20

PPG meeting 06.10.20

PPG meeting 15.12.20

PPG events in 2020

Our PPG ran a successful eye health event on 30th January at the health centre.  Twenty-nine people attended the interesting talk from the Frost Borneo optician team.

The next PPG event will be on diabetes and a date will be confirmed for later this year. 

PPG Annual General meeting (AGM): the AGM took place on Wednesday 30th September. It was held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please click this link to read the AGM minutes: PPG AGM minutes.

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