Vicky Thomson, CEO of Lincolnshire based social enterprise Every-One, reflects on the challenges of being one of the ‘little guys’ trying to influence national policy agendas and make local care more person-centred care.
This is the third blog in a series on how National Voices members are enabling person-centred care. View other blogs in the series.
Verena Hewat, Community Outreach and Training Lead at Compassion in Dying explains how they have been working with Portuguese-speaking communities in Lambeth to make end-of-life care more person-centred.
The NHS England National Clinical Director for Dementia, Professor Alistair Burns, tells how a growing network of health and care staff are supporting elderly people to stay independent, keep well and get home quickly after a spell in hospital.
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.