The Patient Information Forum is to be given £175,000 by the Department of Health to test and develop new approaches to improving health and wellbeing.

PIF, which campaigns for better healthcare information for patients, will receive the funds over the next three years from the DH’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development fund.

PIF’s project is called “Raising the quality and increasing the impact of health information for patients and the public”. It is aimed at developing tools for producing health information, setting national standards for information, and helping share knowledge on best practice.

The PIF website will be updated and expanded to become a central collection of consumer health information resources. The organisation will also use the grant to demonstrate the benefits of providing good information to patients, particularly through a “coordinated and strategic approach”.

It was one of several grants to charities announced by the DH.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said in a statement: “This new funding will improve the lives of thousands of people across England, helping them to lead healthier and more independent lives.

“It is crucial that we continue to champion our voluntary organisations, because their expertise allows them to design and develop innovative solutions to the big challenges we face in health, public health and social care.”