Thursday, January 11, 2007

Local Involvement Networks (LINks) The Way Forward ?

UserWatch has learned from a source (Ms RM.) that in a question to Rosie Winterton when Keith Simpson (Con MId Norfolk) asked whether she would give the power to Local Involvement Networks LINks to inspect and monitor the NHS she answered :

"Local Involvement Networks will have the power to enter health and social care premises to observe and assess the nature and quality of services they provide. There will be full consultation on how these powers can be most effective and what excemptions are necessary to protect vulnerable people .


UserWatch can also report here on further information regarding making the Mental Health Service User's Voice properly represented in Birmingham. It learns that that the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health PPI will have now been sent a "memorandum of association" which was used to create an Independent Users Voice in Derby by making it into a charity in 2004 . It has recently registered with the Charity Commission too. Although the Primary Care Trusts (the Funders of NHS Trust services) fund Derbyshire Voice they are in fact independently managed by themselves with a set of User Trustees overviewing the functions of the organisation ..

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