They make sure that the overall views and experiences of people who use health and social care services are heard and raised with the relevant organisations at a local and national level.
They will build a local picture of the trends and issues that matter most to patients and bring them to NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.
Healthwatch England is developing partnerships across a variety of sectors to:
- drive awareness of Healthwatch among all care users and groups everywhere
- use the knowledge and experience that partners have to paint a picture of health and social care across the country
- increase diverse involvement in local Healthwatch and ensure improvement in services
- affect policy change for local health and social care at national levels
If you live within the NHS Northern, Eastern or Western area of Devon (excluding Plymouth), your local service is called Healthwatch Devon. You can visit the Healthwatch Devon website or call their offices on 0800 520 0640.
If you live in Plymouth, your local service is called Healthwatch Plymouth. You can visit the Healthwatch Plymouth website or call their offices on 01752 202 407.
You can also search for both Healthwatch Devon and Healthwatch Plymouth on Twitter and Facebook.
If you live in Cornwall but use health services in Devon then you may also want to link in with Healthwatch Cornwall. You can visit the Healthwatch Cornwall website or call their offices on 0800 0381 281.