Have your say on the county's Healthwatch service
Gloucestershire County Council wants to hear from members of the public on the future direction of the county's health and social care consumer watchdog.
Healthwatch Gloucestershire reviews quality and contributes to improvements in health and social care within the county. They also give out information, advice and support on health and social care services available to residents.
Health and social care has changed a lot since Healthwatch Gloucestershire opened its doors in April 2013 and so have the ways many of us access information. The council want your views on how the service evolves to meet future needs.
The county council has a responsibility to make sure there is an independent local body in place to scrutinise the work done in health and social care in the county, and is looking at new ways of doing that.
The existing Healthwatch contract comes to an end in March of next year, and the council wants residents' views to help design a new service to start in April 2017.
The consultation wants to know:
- How your views and experiences can best be used to improve the quality of health and social care services?
- What would make Healthwatch an organisation that more people want to volunteer with?
- How changes in the way we access information can help you make decisions about health and social care.
The survey opens on Friday 26th August and will run until Sunday 9th October, with the redesigned Local Healthwatch service starting in April 2017.
Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care, said: "Healthwatch has been helping to assure quality and scrutiny of health and social care within the county for the past three years.
"We need to make sure Healthwatch is able to continue doing that as our local health and social care services change, and local voices can really contribute to that.
"I would encourage residents to take part in the consultation. Your views really do influence our decision making, so please do let us know what you want from the service."
The survey can be found online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-care-survey until 9th October.