How to get involved in shaping health and social care
You can get involved in the planning, commissioning and delivery of health and social care services through a programme called Personal and Public Involvement (PPI)
About Personal and Public Involvement (PPI)
PPI is the term used to describe the active and meaningful involvement of service users, carers, their advocates and the public in the planning, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of Health and Social Care (HSC) services, in ways that are relevant to them.
It enables service users, carers, their advocates and the public to have their voices heard, making sure that your knowledge, expertise and views are listened to, valued and factored into plans, decisions and actions within Health and Social Care (HSC).
This involvement has been shown to:
- improve the quality and safety of services
- help tailor services to need and improve efficiency
- use service user and carer expertise and knowledge
- help to inform commissioning and set priorities
- reduce complaints
- increase ownership of, and compliance with, agreed treatment plans
How to get involved
There is a range of different ways for you to get involved.
Involvement can be a one-off activity, or you may wish to get involved for a longer period of time.
Your involvement can be at a local level, for example in your local community, through a Health and Social Care Trust or it could be at a regional level with the Public Health Agency or other regional HSC organisations.
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