Healthwatch Swindon manager Jo Osorio describes the work of he new voice of the patient in the new look NHS
Did you notice? Since 1 April a whole lot of new health service organisations have been working away, planning, commissioning or buying NHS care.
Most of the changes aren’t going to affect us directly – at least not immediately – though an NHS, with a squeezed budget catering for more people, will need to do things differently and, often, closer to where we live.
The same applies at Swindon Borough Council where less money means changes to the way social services are provided – and who gets them.
One of the new organisations is Healthwatch Swindon. It’s new and, although it receives its funds from the council (and will account for their use), it really is independent.
It is the consumer champion for health and social care services, for people of all ages; and it has replaced this magazine’s namesake, the Local Involvement Network or LINk.
Sound familiar? It’s a bit like the Community Health Councils which were abolished in 2003, (but only a bit).
Healthwatch is both local and national. A network of local Healthwatch organisations in each social services authority area like Swindon will work together with local people and with Healthwatch England to get the best out of health and care services.
All health and care providers are expected to listen to the people they serve. And so are the people with the money – the planners and commissioners of the services we need.
Every voice counts and Healthwatch is here to make sure that happens; to be influential and authoritative and to include people from all communities – particularly where people feel excluded.
Doubtful? Don’t be – but we will depend on hearing what you think; and then joining with us to make sure Healthwatch Swindon works effectively.
We’d also be really pleased to come and talk. If you’re involved with a local group or organisation of any kind, please invite us.
Give us your opinion about health and care services now by writing to: Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, SN1 2GH; tel: 01793 49777, or mail: email@example.com
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