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England - the new national, statutory consumer champion for health
and social care in England - was launched on 1 October
Its role is to give a national voice to the key issues that
affect people who use health and care services.
Healthwatch England will be part of a new Healthwatch network
from April 2013, giving people who use health and social care
services a powerful voice locally and nationally.
The network is made of two connected levels:
Healthwatch England works at the national level
to highlight issues/trends and influence policy. It is also
helping set up local Healthwatch organisations and will provide
leadership, support and advice so they can become strong
ambassadors for local people.
Local Healthwatch organisations will begin work in April 2013.
There will be one covering each local authority area in
England. They will take the experiences that people have of local
care and use them to help shape local services.
Their role will include:
Through the network, Healthwatch England will make sure the
voices of people who use health and social care services are heard
More information is available on the Healthwatch website (link
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Department of Health (link opens in a new window)
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