Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, all local authorities in England, which provide Adult Social Care services, now have a duty to establish an effective, efficient and representative local Healthwatch from April 2013. The role of Healthwatch East Sussex is to:
Gather the views and understand the experiences of patients, social care clients and the public;
Make these views known to commissioners and providers of health and social care;
Promote and support the involvement of these groups in the commissioning and provision of local care services and how they are scrutinised;
Provide information, ‘signposting’ for services and support to make informed choices;
Recommend the undertaking of investigations or special service reviews to Healthwatch England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC); and
Make the views and experiences of people known to Healthwatch England, and provide a steer to help it carry out its role as national champion
Healthwatch East Sussex started operating on 1st April 2013- visit their website where you can find out more - healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk
SpeakUp Forum has been representing voluntary and community sector and was involved in the development of the Healthwatch East Sussex. We continue to represent the sector. To see who the representatives involved are and to contact visit the Healthwatch Advisory Group
2014 SpeakUp Forum is currently working with Healthwatch on responding to the NHS England consultation on making health and social care information accessible.
2013 March - East Sussex Community Voice launched Partners Framework - for details how to register (deadline on 31st May 2013) contact 3VA - Jane Mapham or Sue Shoesmith
2012 East Sussex County Council, working in partnership with stakeholders, is establishing East Sussex Community Voice as an independent community interest company (a social enterprise) acting for the benefit of the community. This company will be the primary vehicle to deliver the functions of Healthwatch East Sussex.
Read more at ESSP (East Sussex Strategic Partnership) website
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