- About Us
- LINks become Healthwatch
- Get Involved
- Have Your Say
- LINk News
- Our work
- Contact Us
- Site Feedback
- Site Map
The LINk gets it funding from Central Government. The funding is given to Coventry City Council who in turn passes it to the LINk host organisation. There was an open tendering round in 2008 and Voluntary Action Coventry won the contract to be the LINk Host organisation.
The Local Government and Public Involvement Act 2007 said that each LINk should be set up to meet local needs and to be adaptable to the needs of its members. Therefore each LINk will be set up in a different way. Coventry LINk has consulted on its structure and the Interim Steering Group considered how the LINk should be set up to best serve people in Coventry.
Coventry LINk will be made up of:
Coventry LINk has not been established to replace the work of other similar groups, user groups and organisations. LINk will work to be a network of networks working in partnerhsip with others, setting up channels of communication to magnify voices and work to improve services. What is different about the LINk, however, is that is a legal entity, established by Parliament, with key powers, and funding. The LINk is also independent of any other organisation.
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 gave all LINks the following powers:
All LINks are also given the opportunity to provide feedback on local health and social care provisions to the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of NHS and social care services throughout England.