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Introducing Birmingham & Sandwell LINk


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  • N.B. Scrutiny NOT inspection
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    • 1. 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
    • 2. 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
    • 3. 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
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. 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