Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Patient Champion Takes Local Views to Heart of Westminster
On Monday, 21 January representatives from Healthwatch Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead travelled to London to join forces with more than 100 fellow local Healthwatch organisations at our annual parliamentary reception. It was an opportunity to raise the real life concerns of people using health and social care services with MPs.
Attended by parliamentarians, as well as key decision makers from across the health and social care, the event provided an opportunity for us to speak about the work we have been doing to shape local services on behalf of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead residents.
With local health and social care services going through rapid change, with the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan, it has never been more important for services to involve the people they serve in shaping the future of health and social care.
The good news is that Healthwatch is getting more people to come forward to share their views on the issues in their areas. When acted upon by commissioners, care providers and clinicians, people's experiences and ideas are leading to safer, better quality care. In this way people are where they should be – at the centre of their service.
Chris Taylor said "It was a great opportunity to attend Parliament and highlight our hard work locally. The efforts of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers at helping to influence the way health and social care services are delivered in The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead were praised by all we met, particularly by Healthwatch England."
Held in the Houses of Parliament, the reception was hosted by national body Healthwatch England to mark the launch of its sixth annual report.