announces strengthened support for PPI Forums
Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health
(CPPIH) today announced new support arrangements which
will ensure full backing for the coming year to allow
Patient and Public (PPI) Involvement Forums to influence
health decision making.
and Public Involvement (PPI) Forums are made up of groups
of volunteers in the local community who are enthusiastic
about helping patients and members of the public influence
the way that local health care is organised and delivered.
They receive administrative support from locally based
Forum Support Organisations (FSOs).
FSO system was an innovation devised by the CPPIH to
involve the not- for- profit sector and use their knowledge,
experience and existing contacts to support the 572
PPI Forums across England .
performance review of all FSOs was undertaken this year
with Forum member views central to the process. Almost
70% of FSOs were rated as good or very good by the Forum
members they support.
a result the CPPIH has offered 58 out of the existing
68 support organisations the opportunity to continue
their groundbreaking work for a further 12 months (to
31 August 2006 ).
were given two-year contracts due to end 31 August 2005
. A number of these organisations chose to withdraw
from providing future service and some were not offered
contract extensions by the CPPIH.
support will change, alternative support providers are
in place to support Forums from 1 September 2005 until
31 August 2006 .
CPPIH invited current FSOs who had contracts extended
for a third year, following their performance assessment,
to bid to take on additional Forums.
CPPIH practised what it preaches by ensuring members
were fully involved in the process of selecting new
support. Forum members were invited to join Local Assessment
Panels set up to decide who would provide their future
extension of involvement enabled them to see what other
FSOs could offer to them.
Forum member who attended an assessment panel in the
North West said: “I was most impressed with the professionalism
of the panel. The day was well run and our involvement
made the whole process worthwhile. I am looking forward
to meeting our new Forum Support Organisation”.
CPPIH and incoming and outgoing FSOs are committed to
ensuring the handover is as smooth as possible for the
CPPIH Chief Executive Dr Steve Lowden said: - ” Forum
members have played a major part in assessing the support
that they receive. The renewed support can only strengthen
the commendable work of PPI Forums. Partnering with
not-for- profit organisations has brought invaluable
knowledge and resources to the system which will be
continued in the future.”
For further information contact CPPIH on 0121 222 4528
or 0121 222 4424
Forum Support Organisations (FSO) are not-for-profit
organisations that were contracted through a competitive
tendering process to support PPI Forums. These organisations,
independent of the NHS, use their knowledge, experience
and existing contacts within local communities to support
Specifically Forum Support
Help CPPIH by supporting
the recruitment and training of PPI Forums
Help PPI Forums communicate
with each other, the Commission and other external
networks and organisations
Arrange for information
and guidance provided by the Commission to be available
to the PPI Forums
Help PPI Forums to monitor
Help PPI Forums play
an active role in health-related decision-making
support to PPI Forums
The decision on whether to extend the contract of an
FSO was based on four factors:
of PPI Forum members expressed through a questionnaire
of the FSO against key elements of the contract.
n assessment of performance scored across a number of
assessment of financial compliance and competence carried
out by our finance team.
Forum member response accounted for 40% of the decision-making
process - the single largest factor. The final three
elements made up the remaining 60%.
In situations where it was not possible to negotiate
an agreement with existing providers the CPPIH will
provide In House support to Forums. This support will
be subject to the same performance management and scrutiny
as other FSO contracts.
PPI Forums gather views about health services and make
recommendations, influencing NHS services. They monitor
the quality of local services, and look at how wider
issues such as social care, transport or housing, affect
CPPIH began work in January 2003, and the 572 Forums
were in place with more than 4,000 members by 1 December
2003 . I t was announced in July 2004 that the CPPIH
would be abolished and new arrangements would be put
in place to support PPI Forums, as part of the Department
of Health's review of its arm's length bodies