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Joining your local LINk (Local Involvement Network) now will help you to become involved in the new Local HealthWatch in England from July 2012.
These new independent health ‘consumer champion’ groups are set to become a key partner in health and social care decision making, at council and local level.
We need more of our supporters though to join LINks to have a widespread impact. Link members will be best placed to become part of Local HealthWatch from July 2012.
Local HealthWatch groups will be created to develop the influencing role that LINks had in health care planning.
Local HealthWatch will:
We want to see as many people as possible at local authority level influencing health services to improve services for people with arthritis.
Talking to Arthritis Care’s Area Development Managers (covering the whole of England) will help give you the confidence to get involved in Local HealthWatch. You can also download a list of key issues for people with arthritis that you might want to raise.
An online forum is being set up by the future host organisation, the Care Quality Commission, for anyone interested in helping to develop Local HealthWatch. You can find out more by visiting the Care Quality Commission website.
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