Membership

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The Patient Information Forum (PIF) is the ‘go to’ UK membership organisation and network for people working in, and involved with, healthcare information and support – Join us today!

PIF supports individuals and organisations to provide high-quality, clearly communicated, evidence-based healthcare information, which is accessible and developed with its users.

Who should join?

You could be the lead on patient information in your organisation, or a specialist nurse or clinician.  If you are involved in the provision of healthcare information, in any way, then PIF is the network for you.

PIF has over 600+ members, representing every kind of information and support producer and provider, including from the NHS, voluntary, commercial, pharmaceutical, academic and freelance sectors: the very breadth of our membership is what makes us unique.  You can see the organisations represented by our members here.

What are the benefits of membership?

Drive up the quality and integration of health and patient information
PIF is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to driving up the quality and integration of patient information, and championing the vital role it plays in supporting shared decision making, self management, health literacy and patient engagement.

Save valuable time with PIF Aware
PIF’s weekly e-newsletter is an essential round-up of health information news, including policy updates, new resources and events, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

Develop your skills and expertise
Membership gives you discounted, or free places, to PIF events to ensure you continually enhance your expertise and stay up to date with new developments in health information.

Meet, network and engage with like-minded professionals
PIF is the only organisation focused on people engaged in health and patient information. We have members from across the voluntary, NHS and statutory, commercial, freelance and academic sectors, meaning through membership you can connect with a unique group of like minded individuals dedicated to improving the quality and provision of information.

Access key resources through the PIF website
Our topics, resources and best practice content on the website gives you access to tools that will help you to do your job, and includes resources, practical guides, news items and research articles.

Take part in our online discussion groups on key topics
The PIF website is your gateway to discussing your challenges and solutions with other professionals working in health information, and offers the facility to connect directly with other PiF members.

Share news about your work and projects 
PIF members are invited to share their work and resources with the PIF network in our weekly e-bulletin, PIF Aware, and as part of our best practice case studies.

Use the PIF Query service to ask for advice and help on specific challenges
Have a question about anything related to health information? Ask the PIF membership! The PIF Query service ensures you save time and don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Download free PIF publications 
Access a range of best practice guides on health information topics, including Producing Health Information for Children and Young People.

Recruit with PIF
Be the first to see job advertisements for patient information roles, and access discounted rates to advertise to the membership.

Join or use the PIF Sounding Board
Organisations use the PIF Sounding Board to review health information resources and tools.  The Sounding Board provides high quality and comprehensive feedback on key issues including format, content and effectiveness. PIF members can use the Sounding Board at discounted rates, and apply to become a member of the Sounding Board review panel.

How much does membership cost?

There are different membership categories to suit all budgets, starting at just £1.74 per week for Individual Membership, to help ensure that you can play a vital part in the drive for better health information for all.

When you join PIF, you take an annual subscription to PIF’s services and the benefits start the day you sign up.  If you would like to sign up your team, our Group Membership option is even better value for money.  Partner Membership is a bespoke membership option for larger organisations who wish to collaborate with PIF on key projects.  Details of our membership options and fees can be found here.

How do you join?

It’s simple. Take a look at the membership categories, decide which is most relevant for you or your organisation, and then sign up. The process is quick and you can pay by credit card and BACS. Benefits start from the moment you join.

Of course, if you need any help at all, just drop us a line at admin@pifonline.org.uk and we’ll be happy to assist.

What do other members think of PIF?

Of course we would always tell you that you should join us, but it’s the words of our members that are the most important. Read what PIF members think and how it helps them in their day-to-day role.

Would you like to become a Partner of PIF?

PIF works in partnership with organisations, collaborating on events, publications and policy work. By collaborating with PIF, our Partners clearly demonstrate their commitment to providing better health information, raise their profile with our members.  Click here to read more about Partner membership and to see a list of our current Partner members.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity to become a PIF Partner, please contact sophie.randall@pifonline.org.uk