Janis Deakin, Introduction to LINk

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  • 1. Introduction to LINkJanis Deakin, member of Birmingham LINk and member of the Strategy Group
  • 2. The presentation will cover:• What LINk is set up to do• Why we’re here today• How LINk currently works in Birmingham, and what the transition looks like• Where to go to find out more about us
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Why we’re here todayImportant 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.
  • 5. How LINk currently works in Birmingham, and whatthe 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. BEN Action Group Needs of this area, e.g. TB Awareness Hospital discharge planning 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.
  • 6. How might you become involved with LINk now? Come and talk to LINk members and staff during the breaks today!