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Wiltshire and Swindon Users' Network

The Independent Living Centre

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Wiltshire BA14 6JQ

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To strengthen the collective voice of patients and carers at both a local and national level, Local Involvement Networks (LINks) will evolve to become Local HealthWatch, and HealthWatch England will be set up as the independent consumer champion within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Under the Government’s New Legislation LINks will become HealthWatch in October 2012 (subject to the passing of the Health and Social care Bill)

Local HealthWatch is to become the local consumer voice for people who use and need health and social care services, to be empowered to improve and influence the commissioning decisions made about those services. It is to build on the good work of LINks and strengthen the ways in which commissioners and providers take the views and experiences of patients and the public into account when improving the quality and safety of health and social care services.

Health and Wellbeing Boards

The boards will bring together those who buy services across the NHS, public health, social care and children’s services, elected representatives and representatives from HealthWatch to plan the right services for their area. They will look at all health and care needs together, rather than creating artificial divisions between services.

Healthwatch England membership consultation - Stakeholders and the public are being asked to contribute to the development of the Healthwatch England membership regulations.  Healthwatch England will be a national consumer champion that enables the collective views of the people who use health and social care services to influence national policy, advice and guidance.  This consultation asks questions on the key issues in relation to the membership of Healthwatch England that the Department has heard from stakeholders.  These issues are:

  • the number of the members
  • suitability for membership
  • the process for appointing members
  • the period of time a member should be appointed.
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    • Duty to promote integrated working
    • Joint strategic needs assessment
    • Joint health and wellbeing strategy

    Membership (minimum)

    • Local Authority Director of Adult Social Care
    • Local Authority Director of Children's Services
    • Director of Public Health
    • Elected Member (at least 1)
    • Commissioning Consortia
    • HealthWatch

    Useful HealthWatch Documents

    Department of Health Transition Plan

    List of HealthWatch Pathfinders

    Summary List of what Pathfinders are working on



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