The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) was established in 2003 with the objective of implementing and overseeing patient and public involvement in health.
The NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 required the establishment of patient and public involvement forums (PPIFs) for every NHS trust and primary care trust (PCT) area in England to monitor, inspect and provide representation on behalf of the public. There were 572 PPIFs in operation prior to PCT reconfiguration in 2006. By 2007 there were approximately 400 PPIFs.
CPPIH was required to report to the secretary of state on the effectiveness of patient and public involvement and set standards for patient forums. The CPPIH provided ongoing support to the forums and ensured their views were represented to government.
CPPIH did not have much time to establish itself before it was abolished. Following a Department of Health review into its arms-length bodies and the enactment of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2008, all forums and the CPPIH were abolished and replaced by local involvement networks (LINks).