The LINks Exchange www.lx.nhs.uk
Posted: February 4, 2011 Filed under: Info about LINks
The LINks Exchange (www.lx.nhs.uk) was set up around 2008 to be a website forum where people interested in all things LINKs-y could post questions and share best practice.
You need to register in order to use the site, and it takes a day or two to have your registration confirmed.
The site isn’t used a great deal – perhaps half a dozen posts a week are added. Mostly these are occasional questions from LINk participants or host staff. Occasionally the Department of Health will post some relevant information or ask for views.
The site isn’t actively maintained, which is a shame, as obvious improvements can’t be carried out which would make the site more user-friendly – it can be a little tricky to click around all the forums in order to see what new stuff has been added. New stuff can sneak on without you noticing.
What to do with this data:
It’s worth joining the LINks Exchange so that you don’t miss anything that might be posted – particularly new information relating to Healthwatch. It’s the most likely place that the Department of Health will publish things in order to get them out into LINk-land. If important stuff is posted then the LINks Exchange will send out an email alert to all registered users.
(N.B. I expect that the time is coming when a Community of Practice for Healthwatch or Local Healthwatch will be more suitable, but you need three facilitators to set this up. If you fancy starting this, get in touch.)