SWB’s LINks Introduction to LINk Pam Jones, Chair of Sandwell LINk, and Chris Vaughan, Co-Chair of Heart of Birmingham Action GroupMoving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks Introduction The presentation will cover: What LINk is set up to do. Why we’re here today. How LINk currently works in Sandwell, and what the transition looks like. How LINk currently works in Birmingham, and what the transition looks like. Where to go to find out more about us.Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks What LINk was set up to do To promote and support the involvement of people in the commissioning, provision and scrutiny of local health and social care services. To get the views of people about their needs for, and experiences of, health and social care services, and make those views known to those responsible. To enable people to monitor and review the commissioning and provision of health and care services. To make reports and recommendations about how health and care services could, or should, be improved.Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks Why we’re here today Important period of transition for engagement. Ownership of health service – it is our NHS. Working together – partnership approach. Vehicles for participation and learning. Keeping up to date with changes. Need to work out where the patient voice fits.Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks How LINk currently works in Sandwell, and what the transition looks like. A strategic ‘Management Group’, with members sitting on decision making bodies. Subgroups, experience forms and Open Forums. Evidence of trends, e.g. PALS. LINk in place until March 2013. Collaborative approach to Transition. LINk sit on Health and Wellbeing Board.Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks How LINk currently works in Birmingham, and what the transition looks like. Strategy Group oversees the LINk strategically and supports the LINk’s Work Plan. Action Groups – geographic and thematic leading on individual Work Plans. HOB Action Group Needs of this area, e.g. TB Awareness Vitamin D deficiency Works with partners such as Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster. Healthwatch – Birmingham City Council are currently running a Healthwatch consultation – how should Healthwatch be developed in Birmingham.Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
SWB’s LINks How might you become involved with LINk now? Come and talk to LINk members and staff during the breaks today!Moving Towards Local Healthwatch
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