SCIE consultation response: A stronger local voice (DH)

Published: September 2006

SCIE welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Department of Health's plans for creating a stronger local voice in the development of health and social care services. SCIE also welcomes the role assigned to us in promoting and supporting public and patient involvement by providing resources for commissioners, providers and regulators.

In this document we make a general response to Department of Health (DH) proposals with specific reference to the best ways of encouraging people to participate through, for example, becoming members of LINks. We also set out our advice for overcoming potential problems associated with achieving local involvement and highlight some existing barriers against service user and carer participation. We also outline some of the issues that the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team at the DH will have to consider in order to ensure that patients and the public who are seldom heard are also included in this vision.