Forum volunteers tackle
problems from Superbug to sexual health
the first time, volunteer Forum members from around
England will meet this month at a national conference
and tackle major health concerns.
of members of Patient and Public Involvement in Health
Forums will spotlight their work at the event, taking
place on June 7 and June 8 in Birmingham .
health, the new Mental Health Bill, and threats to health
from fast food are among issues for discussion. Forums
are also working on:
MRSA and hospital
mental health service
NHS dentistry in
to shape their own healthcare.
Northumbria , their Health Forum Report highlighted
concerns over pressure on midwives and the need for
additional support. It helped secure more midwives.
members from across the country will also be discussing
Government plans for the future of patient and public
involvement in health, including new support arrangements
for Forums and plans to combine Forums.
conference, at the close of Volunteers Week (Jun 1 –7),
will show how volunteers can have a real impact on health
and health services.
Minister Rosie Winterton is expected to be among those
joining the discussions at the two-day convention, held
at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham .
Executive for the Commission for Patient and Public
Involvement in Health, Steve Lowden, said:
is a vital time for Forums - and for PPI in general
- and we know that Forum members will be expressing
their views on how the future of PPI should look.
members have achieved a remarkable amount in a short
time through their hard work and the support of CPPIH
staff and Forum support organisations.”
will be indicating what new PPI support they need for
their work, following the Government's announcement
that it is to abolish the Commission for Patient and
Public Involvement in Health.
members have already achieved improvements in public
health and hospital hygiene, and their network has won
better services for people from cancer to Alzheimer's
more details call CPPIH, on 0121 222 4546 for assistance,
or if you would like to send a representative to the
convention. If so, please call to register your name
to avoid admission delays.
Note to editors
Conference registration opens at 9 30am on June 7. Commission
chair, Sharon Grant will make a welcome speech and introduction
at 11am .
There are 572 Patient and Public Involvement Forums
- one for every NHS Trust and Primary Care Trust.
Their members, almost 5,000 PPI forum volunteers, work
on local health decision making.
Details of the CPPIH's work are on our website www.cppih.org
The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in
Health is an independent body which ensures that the
public is involved in decision making about health and