Health watch 29.11.2011


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  • The caveat is important as the Health Watch agenda is moving more slowly than other areas of the Health & Social Care Bill. The hands off approach being taking by the current government under the localism agenda may have worked in some areas but the development and transiation of the Local Involvement Networks into Health Watch is not progressing a
  • Now I think all of you will be looking at these areas and thinking “My organisation can contribute to achieving these aims.” You’re right, you and your service users are vital to achieve this. We just need to work out how!
  • Local champion for patients and the public but feeding into HealthWatch England Build upon the good work of the LINks – not starting from scratch!!! Additional functions: Influencing, signposting & advising Representative of different users within the community Health & Well-being Boards Empowering people – helping people understand choice
  • There is some doubt whether the above will come to pass. Discussions are on-going and we should have some further information released before Christmas in respect of where Health Watch England sits.
  • We must accept that the LINks have a tremendous amount of work to get through and VCS organisations need to contact the LINks to publicise their services. We cannot expect the LINks to have a detailed knowledge of all service provision across the City and County. We need to work with the LINks in their transition.
  • Stakeholder consultation events will begin in early 2012. Participants in the Adult Health & Social Care Forum will be informed when these are taking place. Please have your say. Apologies that we do not have any more information to give you. As soon as any events have been announced we will let you know.
  • Health watch 29.11.2011

    1. 1. HealthWatch (What we know so far)
    2. 2. Strengthening patient voice - HealthWatch <ul><li>Local: LINks will evolve into into Local HealthWatch </li></ul><ul><li>National: HealthWatch England will be created to form a national voice and as an arm of the Care Quality Commission </li></ul>“ a new consumer champion for health and social care.”
    3. 3. Local HealthWatch will : <ul><li>Build on existing LINk functions : </li></ul><ul><li>Community involvement and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Local intelligence on commissioned services and identifying issues and gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting on local issues and collective views </li></ul><ul><li>Working with hard to reach communities </li></ul><ul><li>Access to existing networks and partnerships </li></ul>
    4. 4. Local HealthWatch will : <ul><li>Include possible new functions : </li></ul><ul><li>Signposting and information on health and social care services </li></ul><ul><li>Help people to access and make choices about care </li></ul><ul><li>Complaints advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Equality & Diversity monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Escalate issues nationally through HealthWatch England </li></ul>
    5. 5. HealthWatch England <ul><li>Be Independent of Government as a Committee of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) </li></ul><ul><li>Own identity within CQC </li></ul><ul><li>Chair Non Executive Director of CQC </li></ul><ul><li>Utilisation of CQC expertise & infrastructure </li></ul>
    6. 6. HealthWatch England <ul><li>Coordinate concerns at National Level </li></ul><ul><li>Provide leadership support & advice </li></ul><ul><li>Advise on concerns raised at Local Healthwatch </li></ul><ul><li>Request CQC investigations </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s happened so far? <ul><li>Local HealthWatch development: </li></ul><ul><li>National HealthWatch Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><li>Pathfinder HealthWatch organisations – Leicester and Leicestershire are included </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory seat on emerging Health and Wellbeing boards </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Clinical Commissioning Groups </li></ul>
    8. 8. What’s happening in LeicesterShire? <ul><li>Working with Clinical Commissioning Groups across City and County </li></ul><ul><li>Both LINks are at the development stage with their Health Watch pathfinders and are preparing their engagement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Leicester LINk have been focusing on the Information, Advice and Signposting element of their service and have been capturing all health and social care services provided in Leicester. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have not had any contact with the LINks – Act Now! </li></ul>
    9. 9. How can the VCS engage and contribute to the transition from LINks to Health Watch? <ul><li>You can request a place at the Health Watch Transition Board meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>One East Midlands run a Health & Social Care Network which will put you in touch with a range of VCS groups and give you access to colleagues working in the LINks. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your local LINk and establish what information they require – Do not wait to be asked! </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the Stakeholder events run by the LINks </li></ul>
    10. 10. Any questions?* <ul><li>* I may not have any answers </li></ul>