New champion of health care

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The people of Calderdale have got a new independent champion for tackling issues surrounding health and social care.

Healthwatch Calderdale is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping and designing local services.

Soo Nevison, Chief Officer Voluntary Action Calderdale, who will be delivering Healthwatch Calderdale, said: “Healthwatch will be supporting the voice of people in Calderdale, led by the people of Calderdale. If people’s voices are not heard then local services will not reflect the needs of the local community.”

Healthwatch England is made up of 152 community-focused local Healthwatch groups, including Healthwatch Calderdale, which will work closely to ensure consumers’ views are represented both locally and nationally. It will develop an overall view of trends and consumer experiences at a national level based on evidence, strongly informed by local Healthwatch.

This is the first time a national champion has been set up with independent statutory powers to act on behalf of both adults and children.

Soo said: “We will be visiting your local area, so please come and talk to us to see how you can get involved through membership and/or volunteering. Alternatively invite us to your local community meetings, coffee mornings, parent and toddler groups by calling 01422 431099 and we will happily come and share the Healthwatch Calderdale plans with you.”

For more information, visit www.healthwatch.co.uk.