Latest news and views
NHS not tracking why more patients are being readmitted to hospital
New research indicates spike in emergency readmissions to hospital over the last year. Our report calls on NHS to fix the data gaps to help understand why.
Find out what we found when we asked 125 hospital trusts to provide a day-by-day breakdown of their individual emergency readmissions data for each...
14 November 2018
How much funding is your local Healthwatch receiving for 2018/19?
Find out how much funding your local Healthwatch receives to help you have your say.
Each year we publish State of Support, which sets out the funding your local Healthwatch received and what it means for people in your area.
1 November 2018
Should the NHS become more of a lifestyle coach to tackle unhealthy living?
Most people are confident that the NHS can meet their needs. But, when it comes to the NHS at 100 confidence falls by half. We explore recent polling that indicates people think they should be responsible for staying healthy...
In a recent poll, we asked people how confident they are that NHS and social care services can meet their needs. Over 60% of people said they were...
25 October 2018
What people have told us: A review of the last three months
Each month, thousands of people share their experiences of health and social care support with us. Find out what people told us over the summer about community services, hospital treatment, mental health support and social...
To help NHS and social care staff understand what is working and what could be better when it comes to the support they provide, we have looked at...
19 October 2018
Making your voice count 2018
Read our award winning stories from this year's Healthwatch Network Awards.
4 October 2018
New research shows what it’s like trying to find and access help when you're a carer
Our new briefing published today brings together the views and experiences of 5,447 carers from over 27 communities across England.
These stories, shared with Healthwatch over the last two years, paint a stark picture of what it’s like trying to find and access help when taking on...
1 October 2018
My life as a carer – one of seven million stories
Three in five of us will become an unpaid carer at some point in our lives. Kate* tells us about what it was like becoming a carer for her husband and the difficulties they faced.
28 November 2018
Janet’s story: when readmission to hospital goes wrong
Our research shows that emergency readmissions to hospital have risen by 9.35% in the last year. Janet's story shows why it's important we understand why this is happening.
21 November 2018
Our response to new guidance to help care homes understand their responsibilities under consumer law
New guidance from the Competitions and Markets Authority aims to help ensure that care home residents are treated fairly under consumer law.
The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has published new guidance to help care homes and nursing homes for those over 65 understand their responsibilities under consumer law.
20 November 2018
Latest reports and publications
Emergency readmissions: What's changed one year on?
14 November 2018
New research indicates spike in emergency readmissions to hospital...
State of support - local Healthwatch finances 2018/19
1 November 2018
Our latest report sets out what funding the Healthwatch network has...
Our public Committee Meeting October 2018 supporting materials
18 October 2018
Take a look at our papers for our upcoming Committee Meeting.