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PEOPLE in Stockton will have a greater say in the way health and social care services are run thanks to a new initiative.

Every local authority which provides social services is required by law to contract an organisation, known as a host, to set up and support a Local Involvement Network (LINk).

The LINk will be made up of individuals and organisations who want to make a difference to health and social care.

It will involve a wide range of people so as many viewpoints as possible can be obtained to reflect what services, or improvements to services, are needed.

Stockton Council has appointed Shaw Trust, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people achieve work and independence, to support provision of the Stockton LINk.

Peter Smith, strategic commissioner for adult independent living services, said: "The LINk will determine Stockton's priority health and social care issues and help care providers deliver services shaped by the people who use them."

Lesley Knapton, service development manager at Shaw Trust, said: "The Shaw Trust is all about enabling and empowering people to have a voice and to be heard. We will be encouraging many more people to get involved in shaping the health services and the social care services they receive."

LINks are replacing the Public and Patient Involvement Forums that ceased operating on March 31 this year. For more information or to join the Stockton LINk contact Celia Bateson on 01642 218181 or email
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2008
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