Local Involvement Networks (LINks) were set up by the Government in April 2008 to give local people a stronger voice in how their health and social care services are planned and delivered.

A LINk is an independent network of local people and groups, whose responsibility is to find out what people want from their health and social care services.

A LINk has been developed in every local authority area where they have health and social care responsibilities. All LINks are managed by local groups and individuals who decide what their priorities are and how they will work.

To help them with this, each LINk has a “Host” organisation to support them in their work. The Host must be an independent not for profit organisation. In Blackburn with Darwen the Carers Federation has been appointed as Host.

The Blackburn with Darwen LINk helps councils, the local NHS and organisations who provide care services to listen and respond to a wide range of views so that people, groups, and organisations can influence all health and social care services in the area.

Currently the BwD LINk has 3 Task Groups, which are; Mental Health, Engagement, and Hospital and Community Care. The LINk also has 2 sub-subcommitties, which are Finance and HealthWatch. Click here for all the meeting dates, and Click here for the meeting minutes and notes.

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