Tips on how voluntary sector organisations can work with Healthwatch:
Have a local campaign you’d like to work with them on? Approach the regional managers to see if they can help get the word out.
Offering a service? Contact your local Healthwatch so they know to signpost to you.
Delve into all that data they collect: Healthwatch hears from over 400,000 people a year which means there is always more data than they can publish. But they are happy work with charities to provide access to their evidence and help build a shared understanding of specific issues. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with requests.
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