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12 ways local Healthwatch have made a difference in 2015


As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of the great things the Healthwatch network has achieved this year.

These stories showcase not only the hard work and dedication of local Healthwatch, but importantly the changes and improvements they have helped bring about for health and social care.

1. Faster diagnosis for those with autism

With the help of Healthwatch Cheshire East, people with autism were finally able to get a diagnosis after waiting years to be heard.

2. Community helps to improve mental health services

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust committed to carry out more culturally sensitive training after Healthwatch Suffolk showcased the experiences of black and minority ethnic people through #inspiringprogress report.

3. Young ambassadors champion eye care at primary schools

Healthwatch Bedford Borough encouraged young people to get involved with health issues and to take care of their eyes.
Healthwatch Sutton premiered a thought-provoking film to open a discussion on the pressures young people feel about their body image.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire made it easier for patients to understand what podiatry services they can access.

Healthwatch Southampton helped local people to access essential health services.
Bolton Hospital Trust agreed to improve accessibility issues after feedback from their local Healthwatch.

Cornwall council confirmed an additional £4.5 million for the Adult Care budget following Healthwatch Cornwall's investigation into struggling care homes.

Healthwatch Bucks raised awareness with transport providers and health committees after people told them that they had difficulty getting to hospital and other health services.

Healthwatch Dorset released a powerful and informative video to reduce stigma around eating disorders. They made it in partnership with Bournemouth University and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Healthwatch Bradford called on Bradford Council for improvements to home care for elderly people following complaints from members of the public.

At our annual conference in July 2015, Healthwatch Northamptonshire won the Networks Choice award for their "moving, thought provoking and dedicated" work for people in secure mental health services.