A Local Involvement Network (LINk) is a network of local people and groups who have joined forces to improve health and social care services by listening to people like you. They're independent of the local council and the NHS and exist throughout England. There's a LINk local to where you live.
LINks are new. They began in April 2008. They will give everyone the chance to have a say in how health and social care services are planned, delivered and reviewed.
The job of LINKs is to listen to the public and pass on what they find to the NHS and Social Services departments.
You can get involved in a way that suits you. You do not have to join a committee or commit lots of time in order to be involved in LINks.
Regardless of your age, background or situation, the LINk wants to hear from you. There are lots of different ways you can do this. You can talk to someone, attend a meeting or fill in a questionnaire / survey online.
Each LINk has powers to ask the NHS and Social Services for information and to make recommendations to them so that things can change for the better.
Each LINk will have an interactive website which will have loads of information about what is happening and how people can get involved. For people who prefer to talk on the phone there will be a dedicated phone number with a real person on the other end.
Help and Care is the Host Organisation for many of the LINks in Southern England.
Our role is to support the LINks to be effective voices for people in these areas. We are keen to ensure that the LINks have a broad base and are as diverse and inclusive as possible. We are particularly interested in people and groups who are usually under-represented and want to find ways in which they can be involved.
To find out more about Help and Care and to see our current vacancies please visit our website: www.helpandcare.org.uk