The work done by Healthwatch Salford has been recognised as ‘Highly commended’ in this year’s Healthwatch Network Awards for in the Outstanding achievement: NHS Long Term Plan category. Healthwatch across the country were asked to find out what people want from health and support services for the next decade. Greater Manchester Healthwatch engaged various parts of the community to ensure as many people as possible got a chance to have their say. This included refugees and asylum seekers, young people, veterans, prisoners, mental health support groups and the Deaf community. Across Greater Manchester Healthwatch have continued to involve local people in discussions about future support. They’ve also shared findings with the local NHS, councils and other community partners to ensure changes to health and social care are in line with what public expect.
Every year, the Healthwatch Network Awards celebrate the many positive stories of how the local Healthwatch network is helping to make care better for thousands of people. The awards are an opportunity to demonstrate where local Healthwatch worked within the local community to make sure health and social care services meet people’s needs.
Healthwatch listen to what people like about the NHS and social care and what needs to be improved. Their views are shared with health and care professionals, so that services can understand what people and their families want from care.
These awards recognise how people’s feedback is vital to improving services. Thanks to the many hundreds of thousands of people who shared their experiences with Healthwatch last year. This has led to positive changes to the way local health and care services are run.
The local Healthwatch shortlisted for 2019 Healthwatch Network Awards were picked from almost 150 award entries.
The winner and the highly commended from each category were chosen by a panel of external judges and announced last night at the Healthwatch England Annual Conference on 1 October 2019.