Local healthwatch

From April 2013, local Healthwatch organisations will open their doors across England. They will be waiting to hear from you and will be run by, and for, local people but with a national voice that guarantees your views will be heard.

You can find out more about the Healthwatch network at their website. We've developed two resources for people involved with local Healthwatch which you can access via Learnzone.

The Healthwatch network is responsible for collecting your views and experiences of local health and social care services, this will work at a local and national level.

Role & duty of local Healthwatch

  • Provide information and advice to the public about accessing health and social care services and the choices available
  • Make the views and experiences of people known to Healthwatch England, helping it to carry out its role as national champion
  • Make recommendations to Healthwatch England to advise the Care Quality Commission to carry out special reviews or investigations into areas of concern
  • Promote and support the involvement of people in the monitoring, commissioning and provision of local care services
  • Obtain the views of people about their needs for, and experience of, local care
  • Make reports and recommendations about how services could or should be improved.

Share your experiences

We are encouraging people to share their experiences with their local Healthwatch. You can find out how to contact your local Healthwatch organisation by entering your postcode at their website.

Macmillan Cancer Support is interested in supporting and understanding the experiences of those joining local Healthwatch. To find out more about what we’re offering people joining local healthwatch please contact the Inclusion team resources@macmillan.org.uk or alternatively Carol Gibbons, Strategic involvement lead cgibbons@macmillan.org.uk