Healthwatch is your consumer champion for health and social care. They are local people working for you, to represent the views of children and adults. They are inclusive, and they want people from every part of the community to participate.
As part of a national scheme, every local council in England has their own Healthwatch. The national body, Healthwatch England, gives advice and guidance to local Healthwatch. Healthwatch England is a statutory body, and an independent committee within the Care Quality Commission, accountable to the Secretary of State for Health.
- Listens to your views
- Improves services today and shapes them for tomorrow
- Makes your needs known to those who plan services
- Provides information about how to access services
- Champions fairness, equal access and treatment
- Speaks up on your behalf