Healthwatch



 


Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. They can ensure that your voice is strengthened and heard by those who deliver and regulate health and care services. Local Healthwatch across England provide unique insight into people’s experiences of health and social care issues across the country; they are the eyes and ears on the ground telling us what matters to their local communities.

Healthwatch are based all over the country, in our Boroughs they are based in Warrington, St Helens, Halton, Wigan and Knowsley these were created to gather and represent the views of people who use health and social care services. They are part of a national network of 152 Healthwatch set up across England. Replacing LINk (Local Involvement Networks), Healthwatch are led by groups of volunteers and a small team of staff. Each local Healthwatch gives patients, service users, carers and local people opportunities to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided in their community.



Healthwatch  also:


• has special ‘enter and view’ powers, which means they can visit any publicly funded health and social care providers and make assessments on the care available at these locations.
• works closely with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to provide information to national regulators about the experiences that local people have.
• uses the feedback from local people to influence and enlighten the local Health and Wellbeing Boards, ensuring the best and most appropriate health and social care services for people in their community.


How can you get involved?

To join Healthwatch or to tell them about your experiences:


Healthwatch Warrington visit www.healthwatchwarrington.co.uk/

Healthwatch Wigan
visit http://www.healthwatchwigan.org/

Healthwatch Knowsley
visit http://www.healthwatchknowsley.co.uk/

Healthwatch St Helens
visit
www.healthwatchsthelens.co.uk

Healthwatch Halton  visit www.healthwatchhalton.co.uk  



 

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