To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to put in place interim arrangements for the period between the closure of the Trafford Patient and Public Involvement Forum and the establishment of the Trafford Local Involvement Network.
A local involvement network (LINk) transitional duty, which will be set out in regulations, will mean that for a period of up to six months, from
We would expect LAs to invite local people and patient and user organisations with an interest in, and knowledge of, health and social care to participate in what will be the core group of the LINk when a host is appointed.
We strongly encourage LAs to seek people's input. Many organisations already have in place stakeholder groups, members of which may well be ideally placed to form the basis of the LINk, whether it be on a transitional basis or the final version. Clearly existing members of Patients' Forums are well placed to be involved early on, but LINks are to be formed of a much wider base and we have urged LAs seek the involvement of people involved in user and carer groups, and representatives from the wider voluntary and community sector too. Such action will help to ensure that a LA meets its transitional duty.
Trafford PCT representatives are members on the following LINk related groups:
LINk Task and Finish Group;
LINk Procurement Group; and
LINk Transitional Working Group.
Trafford PCT is also a member of the Borough's Local Strategic Partnership (Trafford Partnership). The primary purpose is to enhance the quality of life and prosperity for all Trafford's residential and business communities. The PCT is currently involved in the development of Trafford Partnership's Community Engagement Strategy.