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About the Commission

What we do

The 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.


The 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 and communities.


PPI 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.


The 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.

The 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.

Useful documents and publications

National Summary of PPI Forum work 2004 -2005

Report and Accounts 2005 - 2006 

Link to the Department of Health policy and guidance.

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