LINk Legacy Document – who should you send it to?

Since blogging on the LINk Legacy Document, I’ve been asked where LINks should send their Legacy Documents.

The Department of Health has told me that these documents are ‘primarily to inform local conversations’ – and in short, there is no one nationally who is collecting these. This seems a bit of a shame, as there must be lots of excellent work that is being gathered into these documents.

Anyway, here’s my list of people that I think could be on your Legacy Doc circulation list:

  • Your LINk commissioner
  • Your Local Healthwatch Commissioner
  • Your Healthwatch provider
  • PCT (outgoing!)
  • CCG (incoming!)
  • CQC contacts
  • Foundation Trusts
  • Independent Health Providers
  • Chair of your Health & Wellbeing Board (Maybe the whole Health & Wellbeing Board)
  • Councillor with oversight of Local Healthwatch contract
  • Your LINk mailing list
  • Your ‘LINk friends’ – FT Governors and others who have worked closely with you etc.
  • Local community groups and organisations that have an interest in Healthwatch

Let me know if you think there’s anyone else that I’ve missed!

It would also be worth publishing online in the following locations:

You can also use lots of your Legacy info in your Annual Report, which you should also upload to the Healthwatch England Information Hub in due course.

If you have any other ideas, let me know!

P.S. A great piece of LINk Legacy Work from Luton LINk

Debbie Roberts who has worked with the Luton LINk published this fab piece of work on the LINks Exchange website, which I love. She said: “In Luton one of the [Legacy] conversations was captured using graphic facilitation. Attached is the image of the wall map. Its size was around 3.5m x 1.5m and it had a strong impact on the people in the conversation and was a great tool to share messages with others.”

Luton LINk Legacy picture

Luton LINk Legacy picture – click for larger image

I love an infographic and if I was Luton Healthwatch, I would decorate the Healthwatch office using this as wallpaper. 🙂

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LINk Legacy Document – here’s ours

It’s almost time for the LINks to wrap up their good work and pass the parcel on to Local Healthwatch.

Lots of local Healthwatches will be managed by new organisations, new staff and new volunteers – so we need to make sure that the knowledge and learning of the LINks is passed on.  One of the ways is with a Legacy Document – which the LGA recommends is written by each LINk as a parting gift to the incoming Healthwatch.

We’ve just finished writing ours in Somerset, and it’s now out for comment to the wider LINk and general public. So we thought we’d share this with you, in case you are still chewing your pencil and looking for some inspiration.

We couldn’t find any simple templates out there so we put this together with the aim of transferring as much of our knowledge as possible to the new organisation.

>> Download Somerset LINk Draft Legacy document

(It’s quite large – 5MB, so you will need to wait a minute or two for it to load)

Somerset LINk Legacy Document

Somerset LINk Legacy Document

Contents:

We structured the document in two parts: looking back at the LINk, and looking forward to Healthwatch:

Part 1 TELLING THE STORY OF THE SOMERSET LINK

  • What is the LINk Legacy Document?
  • Background
    What is Somerset like?
    Health and Social care in Somerset
  • LINk Lesson 1: Engagement
    How did we engage with the community?
    How did we engage with the third sector?
    How did we engage with stakeholders?
    Who are our stakeholders in health?
  • LINk Lesson 2: Communication
    Who was interested in the LINk?
  • LINk Lesson 3: Working with Volunteers
  • LINk Lesson 4: Our LINk Activity
    Our Projects: Research
    LINk Activity
    Enter & View
  • LINk Lesson 5: Equality & Diversity

PART 2: LOOKING FORWARD TO HEALTHWATCH SOMERSET

  • Ideas for Healthwatch Somerset
    Our Legacy Survey
  • Challenges: Our Risk Register
  • LINk Library
    List of key stakeholders
    Key Dates 2013
  • Thank you
    Appendix 1: Extracts from The Francis Report

Another useful document:

What to do with this data:

Hopefully it will be of some use or inspiration if you are still scribbling away at your Legacy Document.

(If you want this Legacy Document in Word, I’d be happy to send it to you – just email me at lucy.nicholls@helpandcare.org.uk.)