How many members are there in each Patient and Public
legal reasons, each Forum needs a minimum of 7 members
to be set up but Forums can still operate if membership
falls below 7. The membership reflects the make-up
of local communities and allows the forums to respond
to new initiatives. Many forums have more than 7 members.
How many Patient & Public Involvement Forums are
there and where are they located?
Forums cover every Primary Care and NHS Trusts in England.
Lists of NHS trusts and hospital trusts are available
What is the role of Patient and Public Involvement Forums
Forums are the local voice of the community on health
matters and have a wide range of responsibilities. PPI
Forums gather views about the quality of services, monitor
service gaps and their impacts, and make suggestions
on improving the experience of the user of the service.
Who is represented on PPI Forums and what is the structure
of a Forum?
Forums try to be representative of their local communities'
cultural, ethnic and social characteristics. Part of
the Forums role is to engage diverse members of the
wider public for shorter or longer periods of time depending
on the issue, specialist interests and local circumstances.
How is the role and work of PPI Forums publicised?
Forums have become established and more active in their
local communities, their work and role is becoming better
known. Increasing the awareness of the Forums' work
is supported locally and nationally by Forum Support
Organisations and the CPPIH through a range of marketing
tools and media as appropriate.
What are the arrangements for working with partners
at national and local level to create links, share experiences
and good practice?
Forums, Forum Support Organisations, and the CPPIH at
national and local level are all creating links with
other organisations to discuss common agendas and explore
joint working arrangements. Such activities are increasingly
being supported through the Knowledge Management System.
How do the PPI Forums link in to the role of atient
Advice and Liaison Services ( PALS)?
Forums have close links with the Patient Advice and
Liaison Services (PALS) but Forums have a wider role
than PALS. PALS are located within NHS Trusts to provide
information, advice and support to help patients, families
and their carers. PPI Forums don't just focus on NHS
Trusts and NHS services but on all issues which affect
health outcomes - including many local authority services,
transport, environment and economic issues. PALS are
vital for patients currently using services provided
by the local Trust and are one of the many services
PPI Forums link with.
Can a Forum member also be a non-executive director
of a health trust?
Can PPI Forums be merged, for instance if there are
2 or 3 covering a small geographical area?
No. Patient and Public Involvement Forums are required
for each NHS Trust regardless of the size of the area
they cover. This is a legal requirement which cannot
Are the numbers of Patient & Public Involvement
Forums linked to the population size in geographical
No. Forums relate to a specific NHS Trust not to the
size of the population. But the CPPIH recognises that
some Forums – such as those that cover a wide area like
Ambulance Trust Forums or work with a Trust with a national
role – may require more members than some others. So
the numbers of members on Forums does vary.
What will happen to PPI Forums with the formation of
They will they have the same responsibility in these
Trusts as they do in Primary Care Trusts and NHS Trusts.
What is happening to the CPPIH and the PPI Forums following
the Governments review of Patient and Public Involvement?
the PPI review it has been announced that the PPI Forums
will be replaced by Local Involvement Networks (LINks)
and the CPPIH will be abolished.
These changes have been proposed so to match the major
changes in the NHS e.g. Trust reconfigurations andthe
move towards the commissioning of services.
No specific timescales have been announced and the PPI
Forums continue to play a vital role for their community
until these proposals are implemented by law.
Forums still remain the only organisations that provide
volunteers with statutory powers over the right to information,
inspection and monitoring.
Forums can ensure patients and your local community
have a say in how local health services are delivered.
With the NHS changes currently taking place, it is more
vital than ever that PPI Forums remain active in their
unique responsibility to provide the voice of the patient
in local health decisions.