Local Involvement Network (LINk)
The LINk is a strong community voice that can influence the planning, purchasing and provision of local health and social care services. It is an opportunity for people and voluntary sector groups from all the towns, communities and districts that make up Kirklees to have a stronger voice.
The LINk is about involving all kinds of people and organizations, especially groups and people who have not had much of a say in the past. It is about making sure everybody feels that they can make a contribution.
The LINk is a network of people and organisations sharing their interests, pooling their skills and influencing their health and social care services. It is special because it builds on local networks without trying to replace them, because it enables people to get involved in ways that suit them, and because it is powerful. It is powerful because it has the legal authority to influence how services are planned, request information, enter and view service settings and make recommendations.
Why get involved in the LINk?
- It's an opportunity for people and organisations to influence the planning of health and social care services
- To get your issues on the agenda of the NHS and Kirklees Council
- To join with others so that your voice is stronger
- To make use of the legal powers of the LINk for the benefit of local people
How do you get involved in the LINk?
The LINk is a new thing so you can get involved in helping to set it up. If you, or your organisation, have other things to worry about at the moment don't worry, the LINk will always be available to you at a later date. If you don't think the LINk is relevant to you right now, it may be in the future when an issue comes up that you feel strongly about, again the LINk will be available when you need it.
If you want more information you can contact Kirklees Local Involvement Network at:
Kirklees Local Involvement Network
Standard House, Half Moon Street, Huddersfield. HD1 2JF
tel 08000 747 047
fax 01924 438 444
or join our social network at http://www.kirkleeslink.cloverleaf-advocacy.org.uk/
Further information can also be found in the Kirklees Local Involvement Network Leaflet.
HealthWatch Kirklees will be the new consumer champion for health and social care services in our area. It ‘goes live’ in April 2013 and is being introduced as part of the changes to NHS currently going through parliament. It will help people have their say about health and social care services. Councils have to set up and fund HealthWatch but it will be independent, so will have a voice of its own and can take decisions in the best interests of patients and the public.
For more information on HealthWatch Kirklees please click here.