The PPI Forums are made up of volunteers enthusiastic
about helping patients and the public to have their
say and improve local health services.
Volunteers from your community
volunteers come from all backgrounds and have a range
of experiences and knowledge. They are keen to
work with all sectors of the community to find out what
people really think about health services in the local
area and to take action wherever necessary.
Training and development
No formal skills or qualifications are required to join
a PPI Forum.
CPPIH provides a wide range of free training courses
to support and help Forum members develop the skills
they need. New members are also provided with a personal
induction to help them get started.
Forums are provided with ongoing local support from
voluntary organisations, known as Forum Support Organisations
(FSO), and from our staff at the CPPIH Regional Centres.
much time will you need to volunteer?
members make a regular commitment of between 4 - 5 hours
per week. As a guide we would expect you to be able
to volunteer at least 3 hours per week.
What types of PPI Forums can
are several types of PPI Forums linked to different
organisations in the NHS. The include:
Primary Care Trusts - these provide a range
of health services, for example, GPs, dentists and community
nurses and arrange for hospital services
NHS Acute Trusts - these provide
services such as those in your local hospital and include
hospitals with Foundation status
NHS Trust - such as those that provide
mental health, ambulance or specialist children's services.
If you apply to become a Forum member we will discuss
with you which one is the most appropriate to join.
Will PPI Forum members be paid?
but appropriate travel costs will be reimbursed. Financial
help will also be available to provide assistance for
out of pocket expenses, such as childcare and carers'
PPI Forums in the future
In July 2006 the Government announced
the results of a review of the current structure of
Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS.
This review proposes that in the future the PPI Forums
will change into Local Involvement Networks (LINks)
so to adapt to changes in the NHS.
this stage these are just proposals and it will take
some time before the statutory process completes to
make this law.
this happens the PPI Forums remain the only organisations
that provide volunteers with legal powers over the right
to information, inspection and monitoring of NHS Services.
this vital time for the NHS, PPI Forums are needed more
than ever to ensure that patients and your local community
have a say in how local health services are delivered.
your interest to become a PPI Forum Member.