Public Partnership Forums

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What are Public Partnership Forums?

Public Partnership Forums (PPFs) are a network of patients, carers, community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals who are interested in the development and design of local health and social care services.

They are the main link between local communities and the Community Health Partnerships (CHPs), which were set up in 2006 and are responsible for delivering all local health and social care services in an area. There are about 40 Community Health Partnerships across Scotland and each is made up of staff from the NHS Board, the Local Authority and other local planning bodies.

Anyone who lives or works in an area can be a member of that Public Partnership Forum. Participants do not need to be a member of an existing group or organisation and can take part as much or as little as they choose.

What do Public Partnership Forums do?

  • Public Partnership Forums support Community Health Partnerships to inform local people about the range and location of health and social care services in their area.
  • They involve patients, carers and members of the public in discussions about how to improve local health services.
  • They support wider public involvement in planning and decision-making about services that are delivered locally.
  • They represent the public view at meetings of the Community Health Partnership and other organisations.

The Scottish Health Council's network of local offices provides ongoing support to Public Partnership Forums.

How can I get involved?

Public Partnership Forums are always looking for more people to get involved. If you would like to participate in the work of the Forums, please get in touch with your local group. You can ask to be kept informed, sign up for bulletins and even become more actively involved in consultations and working groups if you wish.