Local Involvement Network
What is a LINk?
LINks are made up of individuals and community groups who work together to improve local services. Their job is to find out what the public like and dislike about local health and social care.
They will then work with the people who plan and run these services to improve them. This may involve talking directly to health care professionals about a service that is not being offered or suggesting ways that an existing service could be made better.
LINks also have powers to help with the tasks and to make sure changes happen.
What a LINk will do
A LINk will:
ask local people what they think about local health and social care and suggest improvements directly to the service providers
look into specific issues (like a dirty hospital), make recommendations and get a response
ask for information and get answers in a specified amount of time
be able to carry out spot checks to see if services are working well
refer issues to the local ‘Overview and Scrutiny Committee’ if it seems action is not being taken.
To find out who the LINk Lead for your borough is please click here.
For more information from NHS Choices click on the link below:
NHS Choices - Health and Wellbeing