Jargon Buster - Patients and public involvement forums(PPIs)

What are they?

Developed in 2003, PPI forums ensure public involvement in decision making about health and health services in England. There are 572 PPI forums - one for each NHS Trust. They are supported by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, an independent public body sponsored by the DoH.

Who takes part in the forums?

Members are local volunteers with varied experiences and skills. The forums are supported by voluntary forum support organisations and a PPI resource centre has just been launched.

What work do they do?

PPI forums' role is to provide trusts with a 'critical friend', working with them but voicing patients' views. GP services were one of the top three health themes monitored by forums in 2004/5.

Where can I find out more?

www.cppih.org.

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