Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
What are local involvement networks?...
What are local involvement networks?

Upping the involvement of patients and the public is an intrinsic part of the government's health and social care reform programme, and the Department of Health publication A stronger local voice: a framework for creating a stronger local voice in the development of health and social care services sets out its plans for the future of patient and public involvement. And these plans include the establishment of Local Involvement Networks (or Links) which will replace patient forums.

The networks will work with existing voluntary and community sector groups, as well as interested individuals, to promote public and community influence in health and social care. The package of plans is designed to 'promote the importance of user and public involvement'.

Each authority with social service responsibilities will be funded to carry out a new duty to make arrangements providing for the creation of a network in its area.

Each will gather and analyse information from patients and the public, and act as an information resource for NHS planners. The DH stresses that children and young people should have an input, and existing patient forum members will also be able to get involved in decisions.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.