Written by Charlie Rumsby
A new independent watchdog-type organisation for all types of patient, service user, client and group health and social care issues has sprung up. Although it’s a national initiative, Wandsworth is lucky to have its very own division operating from the voluntary sector.
Charlie Rumsby, the Development Worker at Healthwatch Wandsworth gives us an overview
The 1st April 2013 saw the launch of Healthwatch Wandsworth, a new organization that champions the patient voice. Healthwatch Wandsworth believes local planning of health and social care services should include people from all communities. However, too many people across the borough often feel excluded, or not listened to. We feel people with learning disabilities – those who have firsthand experience of services – are best placed to comment on how effective they are.
Healthwatch Wandsworth’s launch is timely as the NHS and social care services go through a dramatic time of change. Decisions about health and social care services will be made more locally and Healthwatch Wandsworth’s ambition is that voices from all across the borough are heard and responded to.
Healthwatch wants to know what you think about your health and care services. Service providers have to listen to Healthwatch – so they’ll be listening to you. Healthwatch Wandsworth exist to make services better, not to knock them when they’re getting things right. Through Healthwatch you can speak without fear. With priority seats on the Health & Wellbeing board as well as the Clinical Commissioning Group and regular meetings with senior management across health and social care, Healthwatch Wandsworth gives the community a chance to speak up and be heard.
Any Service User Group can be a member and so can you as individuals. Please get your membership from Funmilayo Oyenibi, (Learning Disabilities Project Coordinator at WCA), or sign up online at www.healthwatchwandsworth.co.uk
Healthwatch needs everyone to be involved so we can understand the issues that affect different communities. For further information or if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthwatch Wandsworth Development Worker