We also unveiled our new video outlining new ways of working to make an impact on health and social care services near you.
Healthwatch recently took over Bristol and South Glos areas, alongside its longstanding work in North Somerset, with a mission to raise the profile of our work, getting feedback from hard to reach parts of the community as well as showing people how their feedback really makes a difference to services locally as meaningful outcomes. We also aim to highlight ways where the public can be equal partners designing local health and social care services – known as co-production.
Our Area Manager Vicky Marriott said: “It was a great launch and the chance to show people in the area our new ways of working and make them aware that sharing your story can have a lasting impact on local health and social care services.”
Healthwatch was set up in the wake of the Winterbourne View Hospital case (2011) where 11 members of staff who abused patients were sentenced for criminal acts. Local Healthwatch started in April 2013 to give a greater voice to people who live locally about health and social care.
20% of Bristol residents reported ‘below average mental wellbeing’ in 2018/19. Tp find out more about how Bristol City Council is tackling the issue read more here 20% of Bristol residents reported ‘below average mental wellbeing’ in 2018/19.