Via Manchester City Council.
Information received via e-mail from the BHA.
Manchester City Council have just launched a 12 week consultation on Healthwatch. It is important that as many people as possible from the local community express their views about how the future development of Healthwatch should progress, so we would urge you to get involved. The details from the Council are as follows:
"HealthWatch is a new, independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public and strengthen the patient and public voice. If people want complaints or issues raising, HealthWatch can be their advocate. We need to know what people want from HealthWatch to make it the best it can be.
The aim of local HealthWatch will be to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality. Local people should be at the centre of how services are planned, designed and delivered in health and social care across Manchester. This includes GPs, dentists, pharmacies, hospitals, mental health services, care homes, day centres, and personal care at home. By April 2013 a new organisation called 'HealthWatch Manchester' will be set up to support this. This will take over from the Local Involvement Network as the way people aim to shape their local health and social care services.
What will HealthWatch do?
Ask the people of Manchester for their views about the services they use
Tell people what health and social care services are available locally and how to access them
Give people help and support when making a complaint about health and social care services
Help make local services better
Please invite all your stakeholders, members and partner organisations to play an active part in shaping Manchester's HealthWatch by completing this online questionnaire on our website at http://www.manchester.gov.uk/healthwatch.
Consultation will run for 12 weeks, from the 2nd July to the 24th September. In order to ensure that this consultation is accessible, alternative formats such as Easy Read, Braille, Large Print and Translated versions of the online questionnaire will be available. If you require any alternative format, please contact Ruth Enright via: email@example.com "
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