Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Healthwatch Redbridge - Launch

Healthwatch Redbridge announces
plans to form Advisory Committee

Healthwatch Redbridge (HWR) will create an Advisory Committee to develop and support HWR engagement projects in Redbridge.

HWR invites organisations and individuals interested in engaging with the public in Redbridge on issues relating to health and social care to attend a planning workshop to discuss the formation of the Advisory Committee. We are particularly keen to welcome groups that consider themselves under-represented or seldom heard in order to ensure that their voices are heard while developing HWR plans for future engagement and participation.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 11th June, from 2pm-5pm, at:

5th Floor Forest House, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BA.

Co-Chairs Glynis Donovan and Vanda Thomas will attend.

For further information please contact Caroline Mullan, Projects Development Officer, at the address above or telephone 020 8553 1236 or email.

Cathy Turland, Healthwatch Redbridge Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The formation of the Healthwatch Redbridge Advisory Committee provides an exciting opportunity for local community and voluntary organisations and individuals to come together to discuss provision of health and social care services in the Borough. We hope that everyone in the community will take full advantage of this opportunity, and look forward to welcoming everyone to our planning workshop.”

  • Healthwatch is the new consumer champion for both health and social care set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It exists in two distinct forms – local Healthwatch, at local level, and Healthwatch England, at national level.
  • Healthwatch Redbridge was set up in April 2013 as an independent organisation; working with local people and communities to give them a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided locally. Healthwatch Redbridge is a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board of 6 Directors; Co-Chaired by Vanda Thomas and Glynis Donovan. We are currently seeking charitable status.
  • Healthwatch Redbridge currently has over 1700 individual and almost 200 organisational members.
  • Healthwatch Redbridge has a seat on the new statutory Health and Wellbeing Board, ensuring that the views and experiences of patients, carers and other service users are taken into account. This ensures that Healthwatch Redbridge has a role in promoting public health, health improvements and in tackling health inequalities.
  • Healthwatch Redbridge will enable people to share their views and concerns about their local health and social care services and understand that their contribution will help build a picture of where services are doing well and where they can be improved.
  • Local Healthwatch will be able to alert Healthwatch England to concerns about specific care providers
  • Healthwatch Redbridge will provide people with information about their health and social care choices and what to do when things go wrong; this includes signposting people to the relevant provider, identifying support for individuals who want to complain about NHS services
  • Healthwatch Redbridge seeks to provide authoritative, evidence-based feedback to organisations responsible for commissioning or delivering local health and social care services
  • Local Healthwatch can help and support Clinical Commissioning Groups to make sure that services really are designed to meet citizens’ needs
  • Local Healthwatch will have to be inclusive and reflect the diversity of the community it serves. There is an explicit requirement in the Health & Social Care Act that the way in which a local Healthwatch exercises its functions must be representative of local people and different users of services, including carers.
  • Healthwatch Redbridge is always keen to hear the experiences of local users of health and social care services whether good or bad. Please contact the CEO using the details shown above if you would like to do this.
  • There are 153 Local Healthwatch organisations in England; one for each Local Authority area, including each London borough.

For and on behalf of Healthwatch Redbridge


  1. Sounds like an expensive PR exercise to me. Will it stop the closure of King George's A & E? If not, it's a waste of space.

    1. Probably the latest fancy name for the usual grim expensive health service talking shop.

  2. my daughter always always always has a problem getting an appointment at our doctors,i have always felt that it does not cater for people who work full time in the city and are unable to take time off work at short notice,and yet again this seems to be true because if the time of the meeting is anything to go by it seems to be true with this lot too.

  3. Is this on the agenda?

    "International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978

    “The Conference strongly reaffirms that health, which is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important world-wide social goal whose realization requires the action of many other social and economic sectors in addition to the health sector.”[4]

    One of the things I loved about the course was its continual reinforcement of health as being as not even primarily a personal matter, but one of ensuring just equal societies and communities."

    1. Usual old tosh and hot air from "experts".

    2. so if that's the case then we aint never all gonna be happy.....I assume these are the very same types that think a big salary makes people happy.