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Healthwatch Leeds . Stuart Morrison – Community Project Worker. What is Healthwatch?. Created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Strengthen the collective voice of people who use health and social care services and members of the public. Nationally – Healthwatch England
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Healthwatch Leeds Stuart Morrison – Community Project Worker
What is Healthwatch? • Created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. • Strengthen the collective voice of people who use health and social care services and members of the public. • Nationally – Healthwatch England • Locally – Healthwatch Leeds
What do we do? • We will gather views and experiences • Promote and support involvement • Research and evaluation Influence Impact Better services
What else does local Healthwatch do? • Seat on the Health and Well Being Board • Providing information, advice and signposting • How to access services • What services are available • Choice and control • Enter and view • Refer issues to Scrutiny Board, Healthwatch England and the Care Quality Commission.
What are we doing now? • Information, advice and signposting. • NHS Complaints Advocacy – LIHCA • Unhappy about services • What services are there • Getting nowhere with other agencies
Recruiting volunteers • Meeting existing and new volunteers • Out and about at events • Matching to opportunities • Training and support
Views and experience • Visiting people in their communities • Working with existing groups, networks and organisations. • Events
Working with organisations • Building relationships • Regular meetings • Seats on Boards and Groups • Supporting their work
Children and Young People • Healthwatch Leeds has a legal responsibility to listen and learn from the experiences of children and young people.
So Far….. • Part of the Children Leeds Strategic Voice and Influence network • Small group of young volunteers (16-25) • Meetings with established young people groups to: • Identify concerns/issues • Identify joint working • Discuss engagement methods • Not duplicate work
What next? • Training offered • Drop-in sessions • More volunteers to: • Collect evidence • Help with branding • Co-produce website • Editorial panels • Decide on actions
Working together • Engagement with young people • Access into schools • Opportunities to work together? Eg Health themed events • Raising the profile of Healthwatch to children and young people