What we do
Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health
was set up in January 2003. It is an independent, non-departmental
public body, sponsored by the Department of Health.
Commission's role is to make sure the public is involved
in decision making about health and health services
in England. There are 572 Patient and Public Involvement
(PPI) Forums, one for each NHS Trust in England and
they are putting into practice improved health which
will only come through continuous engagement of people
Forums are made up of groups of volunteers in local
communities who are enthusiastic about helping patients
and members of the public to influence the way that
local healthcare is organised and delivered. Forum members
come from a broad variety of backgrounds and have a
range of experiences and skills.
Commission is responsible for submitting reports to
and advising the Government on how the PPI system is
functioning. It liaises with national bodies such as
the Healthcare Commission on patient and public involvement
issues, and makes recommendations to these bodies and
the Department of Health as appropriate.
Commission gathers information and opinion from PPI
Forums, channelled through its shared information system
in order to ensure that the bodies it reports to are
acting upon patients' and the public's views.
documents and publications
Summary of PPI Forum work 2004 -2005
and Accounts 2005 - 2006
Link to the
Department of Health policy and guidance.