Healthwatch Waltham Forest is all about getting people involved in health and social care. As the consumer champion for health and social care we have roles around gathering peoples views on health and social care services, making those views known to commissioners and providers (those who plan, buy and run these services), and making sure people are involved in decision making around health and social care services.
Those that run Health and Social care services (providers), and those that buy them for the local population (commissioners) have their own duties around engaging and involving people in decision making about services. These duties have been laid down in both law, guidance, and best practice and are becoming more and more important. Healthwatch operates within this context, championing patient, carer and public engagement and involvement, and challenging and supporting our partners to carry out their own duties and responsibilities to engage and involve local people.
There are many ways you can get involved in Healthwatch Waltham Forest and the work we do.
These are described in more detail on the links found to the left.