Meeting 11th February 2009 - The Guildhall Northampton.
Rita Hinde; Moya McVicar; Marion Minney; Lena Davis; Sheila White; Liam Condron;
Sandra Bell; Susan Chamberlain; Des Savage; Ian Topp; Jamila Amar; Jim
O’Rourke; Priscilla Brown; Magie Lonergan (NCC)
Cynthia Wolstenholme (CW) (LINk); Bridget Gibson (BG) (LINk); David Ward (DW)
(LINk); Rod Collier (RC) (LINk).
Mark Major; Rosemary Van Der Meer.
Cynthia Wolstenholme opened the meeting by welcoming those
She invited attendees to give a brief outline of their background
and the skills etc that they brought to the Implementation Board,
this included members of the LINk Project Team.
2 Local Involvement Network (LINk) background.
Outlined the background to LINk, and the fact that it was a new
system, replacing the PPI forums which have been abolished in
Each Local Authority, providing health and social care had been
required to establish LINks, and had been provided with funding
for the next three years. NCC had been awarded the contract.
The NCC had acted as a temporary host, until the NVC had been
appointed as HOST, following a tender process.. NVC had signed
the contract in October 2008.
Two stakeholder days had been setup which resulted in approx
200 people showing an interest, in differing areas of health and
social care. These names had now populated a database for
CW emphasised that LINk is an independent network that will
supports the public voice in health and social care services in the
3 Northamptonshire LINK – Terms of Reference and
DW circulated a document entitled ‘Terms of Reference for
Implementation Board. He outlined the content of this document .
A Chair for these meetings will need to be appointed by the
Board, either at the end of the 2nd or 3rd meeting.
There was discussion regarding both NGH and KGH LINk
Groups, which had been asked to continue their work, during the
interim period when the NCC was acting HOST.
It was agreed that these two groups should continue, although
some members expressed concern that they could not approve
the continuation without some knowledge of the work undertaken
by these two groups. CW to prepare a brief summary of the work CW
undertaken by these Groups, which will be emailed to members
prior to the meeting.
There was a discussion on what can and cannot be agreed by the
Implementation Board, as to courses of action and agreed
procedure. The Implementation Board exists for a period of 6
months, when the LINk Board will be constituted. In the meantime
the Implementation Board will need to agree procedures at the
next meeting, using the handouts provided as a basis for
It was acknowledged that there was a degree of uncertainty felt
by groups as to the future of their work.
DW provided documents for the Implementation Board to take
away and to look at prior to the next meeting, where the agenda
will include Structure and Governance.
6 Future Meetings
The next meeting is set for 20th Feb, The Holding Room
It was agreed that RC would email all members requesting
available dates for March 09 (1st two weeks ). Members accepted
that it was inevitable that there would be difficulty in arranging RC
meetings where everyone would be available. (Done)
At the 20th Feb meeting it may be possible to identify dates for the
next few months. Members were also invited to consider venues.
RC to prepare a list of members contact details for circulation to
members, along with a ‘pen portrait’ of themselves to be RC
circulated in paper/email format.
Members also asked that where large documents were to be sent
out, that these should be in paper format, rather than email.
Meeting concluded at 12-30pm.