Healthwatch Hampshire is the local consumer champion for health and social care – and during the week 14th-20th March 2016, it receives a spotlight, promoting its work, and seeking feedback from the public about local services.
To coincide with the week, they are asking people to vote on the following:
“If you were Health Minister for the day, which would be the top priority for you?”
The ballot will be open until Thursday 31st March, 2016. As one of the main partners of Healthwatch Hampshire, Citizens Advice throughout Hampshire will have ballot boxes in their offices. Citizens Advice Hart will have ballot boxes in our offices in Fleet (behind the Council Offices), and in Yateley (behind the Royal Oak pub, off the Reading Road). We are also encouraging anyone to vote online if they can’t make it into our offices – simply follow the link here and register your vote.
Imagine you get to take over from one of the Health Ministers – such as the MP for nearby Farnham, the neighbouring constituency of South West Surrey, Jeremy Hunt. Of the five areas identified, which would you choose to prioritise?
Healthwatch Hampshire has three main aspects to its role:-
- Give local people a stronger voice to allow them to influence the design and delivery of local services. They do this by gathering feedback from individuals, groups and communities about their experiences of local services, and seeking to engage with seldom heard groups – for example, young people – to give them a stronger voice.
- Working with local Citizens Advice (such as ourselves), they provide an information, advice and signposting service, as well as through a telephone helpline. This all provides information about local services, to help you navigate the system. It advises people on their rights, and signposts people to other organisations for more specialist help.
- Provides an NHS Complaints Advocacy Service to help residents in Hampshire who want to take forward a complaint about NHS funded health care. This is for people who are unable to make a complaint on their own, or for more complicated complaints.
And there is further information about Healthwatch Hampshire in a variety of leaflets, publications and on the website – see www.healthwatchhampshire.co.uk