Local Involvement Networks (LINks) are at the heart of proposed reforms outlined in the DoH report A Stronger Local Voice. The changes are designed to put patient preferences at the heart of NHS decision-making.
How will they work?
The networks will gather and analyse information from local patients and make recommendations to commissioners, providers and local authority overview and scrutiny committees.
Where do they fit in with existing arrangements?
They will be established in every local authority area with social service responsibilities, replacing the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health and patient forums. LINks will be tied to an area rather than to a specific organisation. Patient Advice and Liaison Services and the Independent Complaints Advocacy Services remain unchanged.