Monday, June 06, 2011

Redbridge LINk News

We want to hear your views about:
King George Hospital
and Maternity Services

Date: Wednesday, 15th June 2011
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: 5th Floor, Forest House, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BA
Refreshments provided
Places must be booked in advance. Call 020 8553 1236 or email


The IRP (Independent Reconfiguration Panel), the independent expert on NHS service change, is undertaking a review to look at whether the proposed changes to local health services in north east London will enable the provision of safe, sustainable and accessible services for the local population.
Earlier this year the IRP carried out an initial assessment of the Health for North East London proposed changes to local health services. The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, accepted that a full review should be undertaken into the decision to close or reduce the services provided at King Georges Hospital. Dr Peter Barrett, Chair of the IRP, said: “Our focus throughout the review will be the patient and the quality of care. During the course of the review we will gather evidence locally and listen to all interested parties to ensure that the recommendations we make are in the best interests of local people.”
If you have not yet put forward your views, or feel you have something new to share, please come to our public meeting on 15 June. The meeting is about presenting new evidence to the IRP, such as that gathered at our recent maternity services meeting, about how these proposals will affect you as a resident of Redbridge.

The IRP is the independent expert on NHS service change. It advises the Secretary of State for Health on contested proposals for health service change in England. The IRP also offers informal support and guidance to the health service and other organisations on achieving successful change. The IRP is an advisory, nondepartmental public body and is independent of politicians and the NHS. The IRP undertakes reviews of contested proposals without any preconceived ideas and listens to people on all sides of the debate. The IRP works in an open and transparent way and all reports and recommendations are published on the IRP website.
RedbridgeLINk is changing - Getting ready for HealthWatch
Big changes are being planned for health and social care services both locally and nationally. As part of these changes, Redbridge LINk is set to become a HealthWatch in 2012.
To prepare for these changes, we will shortly be accepting applications to join our new Management Board to help us make the transition.

What is HealthWatch?
In 2012, HealthWatch England will be established as a new independent consumer champion for health and social care. Local Involvement Networks (LINks) will evolve into local HealthWatch bodies which will have the power to report local concerns to the national body for possible investigation. The Care Quality Commission (which independently regulates health and social care) is currently working with the Department of Health to design HealthWatch. The key differences between LINks and HealthWatch will be a shift from participation to influencing the outcome of health and social care services; moving from a local voice to national influence and new functions such as taking on responsibility for the Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

If you have an interest in joining us then we’d love to hear from you. We have various areas of work you can volunteer for such as equality and diversity, campaigning, communications or community engagement. Training can also be offered to individuals. For an application form, please contact us on 020 8553 1236, or email.

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