A WEBSITE has been launched to help NHS patients in Huddersfield.
The www.cppih.org website has been developed by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.
It gives patients the ability to follow the activity of their local patient and public involvement (PPI) forum and link up with the 572 others across England.
PPI forums have been set up for every NHS hospital trust and GP-led primary care trust (PCT) in England.
They were launched last December to provide an independent voice for patients and the public in healthcare and for decisions that affect their health.
They replaced community health councils.
A commission spokesman said: "PPI forum members focus on local concerns, but through the knowledge management system, they can now compare key health issues.
"This will enable the network to identify any national trends and they can work together for a solution.
"Ultimately, it makes them a far more powerful organisation."
PPI forums raise awareness of the needs and views of patients and the public. They have a number of roles, which include:
* Obtaining views from local communities about health services and making recommendations on the day-to-day delivery of health services.
* Influencing the design of and access to NHS services
* Providing advice and information for patients and their carers about services
* Monitoring the effectiveness of local Patient Advice and Liaison Services (Pals)
* Prospective PPI forum members should phone 0845 120 7115.
* To see what your local PPI forum is doing log on to www.cppih.org