DATA ANALYSIS - Question 3
The London Borough of Islington has agreed to grant-aid the LINk for 2 years to undertake the influencing and signposting functions of LHW. The Council are also working with commissioners across London to develop an appropriate model and commissioning arrangement for the Independent Health Advocacy.
Hertfordshire County Council Commissioners are working very closely with LINk on an agreed and robust Transition Plan, which provides strategic, operational and financial support in planning and delivery of stakeholders’ engagement events, for raising the profile of LINk/HW and ensuring participation, partnership and representation.
COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
A Community Interest Company has been formed in West Berkshire with the active support of the Local Authority to deliver LHW activities. The partners include the local LINk and a wider group representing many local user, patient and carers groups.
GOING OUT TO TENDER
In the case of those Local Authorities that are going out to competitive tender, which is likely to be the majority, the relationship between the LINk and Local Authority will change as the parties get closer to the procurement, e.g. Bristol City Council told us that:
“We are holding monthly pathfinder meetings up until procurement commences when we will separate and the LINks will undertake their work plan.”