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Public Partnership Forum

One way to become involved in health services in Dumfries and Galloway is through the Public Partnership Forum (PPF). 

Membership is open to any individual, group, community or voluntary body.

The aims of the PPF are:

  • to ensure that you are informed about the range and location of health related issues
  • to involve the local community in discussions about how to improve health services
  • to support wider public involvement in planning and decision making

Representatives from the PPF will influence and inform services locally.

Why be involved in the Public Partnership Forum?
Health is everybody’s business. The PPF is your chance to tell them what you think is important. In order to ensure that there is equal access to services the PPF needs to be made up of people from all sections of the community.

Areas that the PPF will concentrate on:

  • Older People Learning Disabilities Health and Homelessness
  • Mental Health Substance Misuse Physical Disability

As a member you could:

  • Attend Public Partnership Forum meetings
  • Receive information – including the regular PPF newsletter
  • Give Your Views
  • Be a member of the Public Partnership Forum database

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the PPF should contact the PPF Co-ordinator as

Contact Us

IPIQ (Informing People, Improving Quality) Co-ordinator – if you would like to find out more about the Public Partnership Forum, how to become a member etc then please contact:

Hilary Butterworth
IPIQ Coordinator
Crichton Hall
Glencaple Road

If you wish to make a suggestion, comment or complaint you can do so by contacting our Patient Services Dept:

Patient Services Team
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Logan West
Crichton Hall
01387 272733
You can also provide feedback by emailing

Opportunities for Involvement

Check here for opportunities to get involved in local services. This might be sitting on a committee, it might be through volunteering, or it might be supporting work on something like infection control. 


An exciting opportunity for YOU to get involved in the plans for a new DGRI!

As you may know, NHS D&G have been working on a plan for the redevelopment of DGRI. Recently we have been asked to provide the Scottish Government with more details for developing a new build acute hospital.

We have now received approval to proceed with developing a plan for a new build hospital.

This is a really exciting opportunity for NHS Dumfries and Galloway -The decision by the Scottish Government is the biggest ever single capital investment (circa £200 million) in healthcare for our region.

This is not just a new build hospital project –it is an opportunity to look at the way we deliver our services across our whole health system.

To help us ensure we get this early planning right we want you to get involved.

If you are interested in becoming involved then please contact:

01387 241682 or email  

to discuss how you would like to get involved and what support we might be able to offer you to do so.


Previous minutes of the PPF Working Group.

Minutes of the Community Health Partnership meeting (Community Health Partnership disbanded)

Cllck below to see the latest PPF Newsletter

June 2011
August 2011
October 2011
April 2012

These links take you to other websites that maybe of interest:

Scottish Health Council –
This is a public body set up by the Scottish Govt to ensure that the views of patients and the public are properly taken into account by Health Boards.

Involve is a charity that specialises in public participation, bringing institutions, communities and citizens together, to discuss, decide and reshape the things that matter to them.  

Better Together
Better Together collects the public's experiences of NHSScotland and uses this information to improve health services and support NHS Boards, frontline staff and patients in driving forward service improvement.

Health Rights Information Scotland
Health Rights Information Scotland produces clear, accurate, and up to date information about patients' health rights. It aims to give you a better understanding of your rights and choices to help you become more confident about making decisions around your health. 

Dumfries and Galloway Council
Local Council website with information about services available locally, and other opportunities to have your say.