What does Healthwatch do?

Notes: from a Healthwatch presentation given at North Lincs PIP forum Conference 2015

What does Healthwatch do?

Our purpose:
To give patients and the public a powerful voice, ensuring that their views and experiences are heard by those who plan and deliver health and social care services, giving people a real say over how their local health and social care service are run.

  1. There are three distinct threads to the service:
    Provide information and “signposting” to the public about local health and social care services
  2. Advocacy – support to make complaints about the NHS
  3. Involve local people in the provision, monitoring and commissioning and of local services by:
    Obtaining people’s views and experiences (by research, surveys, Enter and View visits etc…)
    Make these views and any recommendations known to those involved in commissioning, provision and scrutiny of services and to Healthwatch England

 Healthwatch North Lincolnshire – who we are

  • Professional staff team
  • Board of Directors
  • Volunteers
  • National links

Where we are now…
…and where we are heading…

  • Establishing our ‘brand’
  • Forging partnerships
  • Setting strategic priorities
  • Bringing about change

Improving public engagement in local services

  • Collating robust evidence
  • Celebrating the best practice – and disseminating the success stories
  • Supporting those without a voice
  • Being heard

Current Work

  • Development, Promotion and Publicity:
  • Board of Directors / Volunteers
  • On-going Consultation – questionnaires
  • Advocacy and Information – on-going caseloads
  • Outreach sessions – Advocacy, Information and Consultation
  • Representation – includes Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Publicity – talks to groups, monthly newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter plus networking whenever possible.


How Independent Compaints Advocacy service help their clients

Healthwatch Local Resolution

The NHS Complaints Advocacy Service is a free and independent service that can help you make a complaint about a National Health Service (NHS).



What we have achieved so far

  • Collating Experiences
  • Intelligence sharing
  • Engagement
  • Dementia Alliance
  • Enter & View Visits
  • PPG Engagement

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