The government vision for the NHS seeks to put patients and the public first; the principle is based on shared decision-making; learns from people’s experiences of using services and listens to patients and the public in the commissioning and provision of services for local communities.
In line with this vision the current Health and Social Care Bill seeks to strengthen the collective voice of patients, users of care services and the public through the establishment of HealthWatch England and Local HealthWatch organisations in each county council and unitary local authority area.
To read the Briefing Paper, see below.
The Purpose of Briefing Paper is:
• To scope the key requirements on the local authority arising from the transition from Local Involvement Networks (LINks) to Local HealthWatch Organisations, as proposed within the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 and associated guidance and the role within the Health and Wellbeing Board.
• To identify options for local implementation / procurement.
• To present proposals to take this work forward in partnership with agreed stakeholders within the required timescale.