Healthwatch Northamptonshire is very pleased to have been nominated in three categories:
Helping people have their say - Reaching out to people to find out about their experiences and views of using health and social care services. For the creative way in which the Healthwatch has reached out to people to find out about their experiences and views of using health and social care services.
Volunteering - Using creative ways to involve volunteers and others in our work. For demonstrating the vital role that volunteers play in the success of local Healthwatch.
#ItStartsWithYou award - Celebrating people who have passionately worked towards improving health and care for their community. For an individual or a group who have made a significant contribution to helping improve health and social care services for their community, for Sandra Bell, working with Healthwatch Northamptonshire.
Every year, the awards celebrate positive stories of how local Healthwatch are helping to make care better for thousands of people.
Healthwatch across the country listen to what people like about the NHS and social care and what could be changed. They share these views with professionals, so that services can understand what people and their families want from care.
These awards recognise the importance of how people’s feedback is vital. Thanks to the 341,000 people across the country who shared their experiences with Healthwatch last year, positive changes have been made to how local health and care services are run.
Jane Mordue, Chair of Healthwatch England said:
"The winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of external judges and announced on Wednesday 3 October 2018. The Healthwatch Network Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this work, highlighting the difference local Healthwatch have made by using this wealth of intelligence to help decision makers target their efforts to make things better.
This year we received some outstanding entries from the network. We were impressed by the quality and incredible range of work on show and they all highlight the real impact we can have when people’s experiences are placed at the heart of the services they receive."