New Healthwatch Organisation Appoints First Directors

The LINk offices in Hugh Town

The LINk offices in Hugh Town

Six islanders have volunteered to become directors of the new Isles of Scilly Healthwatch company, which is due to take over the responsibility of the local health watchdog, LINk4Scilly.

The government is changing the way it funds such organisations and wants to shift to a national ‘Healthwatch’ system, which will include local branches. It will be funded by the Department of Health via a grant to the local authority.

The new board will consist of Gordon Bilsborough, Paul Charnock, Adrian Davis, Jane Hurd, Tracy Smith and Sue Williams.

LINk4Scilly manager, Carol Clarke, says they’ll bring a wealth of local knowledge and experience to Scilly’s Healthwatch, and as members of the outgoing LINk’s steering group, they’ll maintain the contacts and working relationships they have established, along with the ongoing work.

Healthwatch Isles of Scilly will launch on the 1st April. Carol says they’ll contact all LINk members during March to invite them to transfer into the new organisation and they’ll be campaigning for new members, too.

The first AGM is expected be held in the Spring when the Directors will stand for election.

Healthwatch will provide the same monitoring facilities as LINk, covering healthcare, adult social care and mental health services, but will also include a new role to provide information and advice to patients.