Learn how to improve health services in Calderdale

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A DROP-IN information session will be held tomorrow to see how health and social care services in Calderdale could be improved.

People can join Healthwatch - an independent champion for the public which will replace the current patient involvement group LINk next year.

Healthwatch Calderdale will involve people in the planning of services and gather evidence of patient experience.

It will also help people make complaints if things go wrong and will build on the valuable work that LINk volunteers already do, visiting care homes and other premises, talking to people using services and reporting back on how services can be improved.

Since last year, Calderdale Council has been asking what people want from Healthwatch and hope to gather more views on Tuesday April 17.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities, Robin Tuddenham, said: “The recent debates about the NHS Bill have shown how passionate people are about the health service and what it means to them.

“Local Healthwatch is an opportunity to make a difference in how the NHS and social care are going to change over the next few years.

“We urge people to get involved – their views are really important to us.

“Local Healthwatch could be a powerful voice in Calderdale, and the more people that get involved, the more powerful it will be.”

The drop-in event is at Heath Training Centre in Halifax from noon to 2pm.

For more information call Steve Martin on 01422 392317 or email steve.martin@calderdale.gov.uk.