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Making the LINk between health and social care

Date: 08/04/2008           Category: Social Care

Local Involvement Networks (LINks) come into force this April in Medway. Members of the media are welcome to attend a photo opportunity at 4pm on Wednesday, 9 April at the Age Concern Day Centre (The Mackenney Centre) in Woodlands Road, Gillingham. Representatives of Medway Primary Care Trust, Medway NHS Trust and Medway Council will be attending the event. The Medway LINk is an independent network of local organisations and individuals. The aim of the Medway Link is to increase the involvement of local people in how health and social care services are provided, so they best meet real local needs. LINks will replace existing patient forums. Medway is among seven areas piloting the project this year. David Haymes is the chairman of LINks. He has spent the last three years working for the Medway Carers' Centre as the finance/policy officer. He said: "I thought LINks would be an ideal opportunity to influence health and social care, initially on behalf of the Medway Carers' Centre, but also for the rest of Medway. I went along to one of the first meetings with a number of ideas and ended up volunteering to be chairman." For more details about Medway LINk go to www.medwaylinkproject.org, email medwaylink@yahoo.co.uk or contact 01634 334466.