We have produced a simple to use and cost-effective toolkit for Local Involvement Networks to carry out a self evaluation to review their performance and identify issues they need to focus in the transition to HealthWatch. We have undertaken a trial of the pack, which was described as “… really good .. the questions were relevant and meaningful … It made us all think about how our LINk is working and how we can make it better…”.
For further details, see our flyer: LINk Self Assessment Toolkit
The Royal College of Nursing is the latest group to question whether Andrew Lansley is really listening, as the Government slows the pace of its NHS reforms.
We welcome the news that the Government is ‘pausing to listen’ to concerns about the Health Bill. The key issue that is emerging from the debate that is going on, is that there needs to be more effective involvement and public accountability. Andrew Lansley said today that he wants to listen to and involve nurses, but his plans for the NHS don’t give nurses and other health professionals a clear role in NHS commissioning.
In our original response to the Government’s Health White Paper, we raised concerns about accountability in the proposed commissioning arrangements.
It is not about who actually carries out the process of commissioning, but how the wider health community – those using the services, those providing the services and other stakeholders – are involved in the process. If we are to achieve health provision for an area which reflects the needs of the community, that community, in all its facets, must be included within the process.
The commissioning process needs to be led by a body that is truly transparent and accountable to its community and which directly involves representatives of front line staff and local residents. This body should meet and take its decisions in public; its membership should reflect the make-up of its community; and it should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.