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A leading charity committed to developing democratic, effective and inclusive public involvement in health and social care. It was formed in 2008 and brings together thousands of LINks members who are experienced, expert and active in patient and public involvement.

The National Association of LINks Members (NALM) is a leading charity committed to developing democratic, effective and inclusive public involvement in health and social care. It was formed in 2008 and brings together thousands of LINks members who are experienced, expert and active in patient and public involvement.

NALM works with LINks and other public involvement organisations across the UK, to advise government, nationally and locally on the building of public involvement systems that have real influence on health and social care services. Creating safer, more effective, user focused services that improve access, outcomes and reduce mortality and morbidity are primary aims of NALM.

We operate by participating in national policy committees established by the Department of Health, charities and academic departments, e.g. NALM has a seat on the DH Healthwatch Programme Board and has been active in the Healthwatch Advisory Committee and Task and Finish Groups. We meet Health Ministers and members of all political parties to influence legislation, that more effective user’s voice with policy makers and service providers.

NALM campaigns for statutory systems of public involvement and we are opposed the current governments decision to privatize Healthwatch as part of the intentions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to enable access to the private sector to the NHS.

We actively encourage thousands of experienced and trained LINks members to participate in the development of local Healthwatch and Healthwatch England, so that they can have an impact on the creation of users-centered heath and social care services. We believe that through effective strategic collaborations it is possible to create significant advances in public involvement in public services. We are committed to developing local, regional and national democratic structures for Healthwatch, that can determine what health and social care services are commissioned and provide to communities in every part of the country.