We want to say a massive thank you to the thousands of people who shared their views on how the NHS Long Term Plan should be implemented in their communities.
More than 30,000 people shared their views on-line about how the NHS can better support their overall health, and how it can improve care for specific conditions too.
Staff and volunteers from all 151 Healthwatch also ran over 500 focus groups in towns and cities across England from March to May this year, bringing together people from all sections of the community to share how they would improve local NHS services.
The different ways we got people talking
Healthwatch Southampton spoke to people at a local arts festival, which saw music, painting workshops, talks and poetry all used to engage people in health and wellbeing conversations.
Whilst Healthwatch Dorset went to a Picnic in the Park event at the seaside town of Swanage to capture the views of local families.
And in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, the Healthwatch teams worked together across the Integrated Care System to engage with a wide sector of the community.
They reached out to refugees, asylum seekers, veterans, prisoners, groups for older people, younger people, the deaf community, mental health and cancer support groups.
Focus groups were held to target people in communities who might not normally have the chance to have their say on the NHS, with young carers, people living with dementia and those experiencing mental health challenges getting involved.
What did people say?
Here are just four of the thousands of experiences and ideas people shared with us:
More joined-up appointments
A quadriplegic man from Bedfordshire spoke to us about having had 23 separate hospital appointments in the last year, many of which he feels could have been grouped together, if tests and scans were offered on the same day.
Greater focus on prevention
One woman from Southampton told us about the importance of prevention.
Help for teenagers
And Dunstable teenager Ellie shared her views on how to improve the NHS for young people.
Giving people a greater say
Former ambulance driver from Somerset told us he was pleased to see Healthwatch out engaging people.
The findings are now being analysed by local Healthwatch, who will share this feedback with local services to inform how the NHS Long Term Plan is implemented in their area. We’ll also publish a report in every area so you know how people would like their local NHS to improve support.