Health group seeks further improvement

A HEALTH group set up three years ago to make a difference to local services is looking to the future.

The annual report has been published by North Tyneside Local Involvement Networks (LINks) to show its work over the past year.

LINks were established in 2008 by the Department of Health to provide a channel for local people and community and voluntary groups to express their views and concerns on health and social care services.

John Robson, chairman of North Tyneside LINk said: “This last financial year has been busy.

“Some of the highlights include the work members have been involved with that has resulted in improvements to appointment systems at GP surgeries and the work some of our younger members undertook to highlight their experiences of health services in the form of an educational DVD.

“We have also contributed to local and national health and social care plans through our responses to consultations around the NHS and public health white papers, the formation of HealthWatch and an assessment of pharmaceutical needs for the borough.”

Anyone can join a LINk, individuals, patients, carers, volunteers and also voluntary and community groups that are active in their local area.

The full report is available from