Is Healthwatch England, Barking up the wrong tree?

Call me simple-minded but it never bodes well for an organisation in my view, if WORD persists in underlining your name in red. I should know. Nor does it bode well if your strategy doesn't fit on one side of A4. If people can't print it out they won't read it. In my opinion. But … Continue reading Is Healthwatch England, Barking up the wrong tree?

A bit of a public involvement mash-up including that idea for an NHS Civil Society Assembly

So here's my unsubstantiated personal theory. It is that one of the root causes of the problems besetting today's NHS' is our failure to pay proper heed to the growing crisis in accountability and responsibility that has been a feature of our increasingly complex health system over the last seventy years.  From almost the day … Continue reading A bit of a public involvement mash-up including that idea for an NHS Civil Society Assembly

Is it an industry or a movement we are creating?

In his Guardian blog yesterday, Dick Vinegar, asks a genuinely good question:  'Who is fighting the patient's corner?' He writes about his recent attendance at a Westminster Health Forum conference about Healthwatch, and voices concern that all we are doing is creating just another bureaucracy in the name of patients.  A thick, muddy, layer of … Continue reading Is it an industry or a movement we are creating?

Smart guides to public and patient involvement in your local NHS (i.e. Healthwatch, CCGs etc)

Here are four exceptionally useful guides to ensuring good public and patient involvement and engagement in the new local NHS structures such as Healthwatch, CCGs etc. Get smart about engagement series introduction Engagement for commissioning success Working with lay members and patient representatives Working with LINks and local HealthWatch My sense is that CCGs are … Continue reading Smart guides to public and patient involvement in your local NHS (i.e. Healthwatch, CCGs etc)

Government consults on Healthwatch membership

The Government last week launched a public consultation seeking views on the membership of Healthwatch England. Healthwatch England will be the 'consumers champion' under the NHS reforms. It will be what they call a 'statutory committee' of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is expected to be up and running by the autumn. Many, including … Continue reading Government consults on Healthwatch membership