Almost all (99 per cent) of respondents had a policy on public involvement or were developing one.

Most (90 per cent) chairs saw boards as implementing NHS policy and 48 per cent thought of them as representing local people.

More than half (55 per cent) of PCGs held board meetings in public.

Most respondents thought the public should be more involved in the development of health improvement plans, needs assessment, local accountability and providing support for patients.

There was some disagreement among professionals on the boards on how involved the public should be in clinical governance - 66 per cent of nurses, but only 21 per cent of GPs, saw more scope for public involvement in this area.They were similarly divided about involving the public in implementing national service frameworks.

Most (60 per cent) of boards had held an awayday for improving decision-making, but only 28 per cent of respondents had received training for being board members.