The commission, which was created in January last year, hopes to start interviewing candidates next month for the role.
The setting up of 570 independent PPI Forums in December 2003 – one for each NHS Trust and Primary Care Trust (PCT) in England, was the first stage in the commission’s plan to make health provision more publicly accountable. The forums are made up of local people who are supposed to use the bodies to play an active role in health-related decision making within their communities.
Whoever takes up the post will play a key part in communicating the role of the forums and of the Independent Complaints Advocacy Services (ICAS), which the commission was create to deliver.
The commission is also responsible for making certain recommendations to the Department of Health.