Patient and public involvement forums
The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH)
The duty to involve and consult - Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act
(PALS) Patient Advice and Liaison Services
The Patients' Forums (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2003
The Patients' Forums (Functions) Regulations 2003
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill. Session 2006-07
Government response to 'A Stronger Local Voice'
Local Involvement Networks (LINks) bulletin
House of Commons Health Committee Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS:
Website of the Department of Health
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Local Involvement Networks (LINks) Explained (Easy Read)
Author:Department of Health
Published date:15 August 2007
Primary audience:Patients/service users, Carers
Publication format:A4: Electronic only
From April 2008, the Government plans to replace Patient Forums with Local Involvement Networks (LINks).
LINks are being introduced to help strengthen the system that enables communities to influence the care they receive.
Backed up by certain powers, LINks will:
- provide everyone in the community from individuals to voluntary groups - with the chance to say what they think about local health and social care services what is working and what is not.
- give people the chance to influence how services are planned and run.
- feedback to services what people have said about services so that things can be improved.
Local communities are already beginning to get ready for LINks. This document summarises what LINks will do, their proposed powers and how they will be set up.
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