Healthwatch England publish Annual Report – Your Voice Matters
Healthwatch England has published Your Voice Matters, their Annual Report 2015-2016
Over half a million people engaged with the Healthwatch network during the last year to seek advice about health and social care services, and share their experiences of using them. Every Voice Matters, Healthwatch England’s Annual Report to Parliament 2015-16, outlines how the Healthwatch network are putting people at the heart of care.
In 2015/16, the 152 local Healthwatch across England engaged over 380,000 people to find out their views about health and social care, and helped to signpost a further 220,000 people to the right place for their needs.
Collectively they also visited more than 3,500 local hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes to find out if they are working for people, and published over 1,450 reports about what people want and need from health and care.
This demonstrates a substantial public appetite for involvement in shaping health and social care services. Local Healthwatch help to bring people and professionals together to put these views at the heart of changes to the NHS, resulting in services beginning to respond to local people.
Read the full report here