Have you spotted your local Healthwatch out and about?
Every day local Healthwatch staff and volunteers go out and about in their communities to find out what people think of health and care services. They share what they hear - both good and bad - with local decision makers to ensure that services meet the needs of the people who use them.
Working on the move helps local Healthwatch reach more parts of the community and ensure everybody's voice is heard.
Here are a few ways local Healthwatch are getting out and about to find out what local people have to say.
All aboard the Healthwatch bus
Healthwatch Kent and Healthwatch East Sussex both use branded double-decker buses to catch people’s eye in their area. They organise tours of their local areas to try to speak to as many people in their community as possible. Using the bus, people are encouraged to jump on board to share their views of health and care services and to find out more about the work of local Healthwatch.
Hail a Chatterbox cab
In Essex, the Healthwatch team have a custom made cab complete with a fully functioning recording studio. They drive the Chatterbox cab to events and encourage people to jump in the back seat to talk about their experiences of health and care services.