Healthwatch Salford nominated for prestigious national award

Healthwatch Salford has been nominated for a prestigious national award for Silent Voices which has shown how working in partnership with Salford CCG and local Deaf British Sign Language users can help improve communication.
A screen at the Healthwatch awards ceremony in 2019 with the Healthwatch logo displayed

Healthwatch Salford was shortlisted under the ‘The impact we make with partners’ category in the Healthwatch Awards 2020, which are run by Healthwatch England.

This annual event – which this year is taking place virtually due to the pandemic - celebrates the difference Healthwatch’s 4,400 staff and volunteers have made over the past year. Healthwatch Salford is one of only 30 local Healthwatch out of a total of 152 across England to be in the running for one of the awards.

Like their colleagues across the country, Healthwatch Salford staff and volunteers have been supporting their local community more than ever through the pandemic by:

  • Finding out what people like about health and social care support, and what could be improved
  • Helping people find the information they need about services in their area and;
  • Encouraging those in charge of NHS and social care services to make the changes that communities would like to see.

Other shortlisted nominations from around the country to the Healthwatch Awards include:

  • Healthwatch Leeds - for helping to improve access to mental health crisis support.
  • Healthwatch Camden - for research with other organisations to understand the social infrastructure used by older Bangladeshi residents.
  • Healthwatch Surrey - for volunteers who helped improve the way a local NHS hospital reports incidents of poor care that have led to severe harm or death.

The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced during Healthwatch Week, which runs from Monday 2 November 2020.

We are really pleased to be shortlisted for this award as we have worked hard with stakeholders to ensure that the voices of the deaf and hearing-impaired community are being heard amongst NHS and social care professionals. I would like to thank everyone who have been involved in this piece of work, it has been a joint effort with all involved.
— Alex Leach, Chief Officer
I never stop being inspired by the dedication of local Healthwatch staff to making care better for their communities. Whether reaching out those whose views are not being heard, helping people to find the support they need or making sure NHS and social care services act on the improvements that the public want to see, the award entries highlight the difference local Healthwatch make. I would like to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted. They have done their communities proud.
— Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair of Healthwatch England

The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced during Healthwatch Week, which runs from Monday 2 November 2020.

More information about the shortlist can be found here on the Healthwatch England website.

For more information about Healthwatch Salford and how its team continue to support people throughout the pandemic:

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