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Healthwatch awards shortlist announced


The shortlist has been unveiled for the 2016 Healthwatch Network Awards.

The annual awards celebrate the difference local Healthwatch across the country have made to health and social care at a local and national level.

Local Healthwatch collect and analyse the experiences that people have of local care to help improve local services.

In 2014/15, they engaged over 300,000 people to find out their views, visited more than 3,300 local services to see if they are working for people, and published over 650 reports about what people want from health and care.

The local Healthwatch shortlisted for 2016 Healthwatch Network Awards were picked from over 120 award entries. The ultimate winner of each category will be chosen by a panel of external judges and announced on Thursday 9th 2016.

Diversity and inclusion

For excellence in engaging and involving people from different backgrounds, seldom heard groups and those who experience accessibility issues.

  • Healthwatch Blackburn & Darwen
  • Healthwatch Brighton & Hove
  • Healthwatch Dorset
  • Healthwatch Dudley


For the Healthwatch that have brought added value to their local community.

  • Healthwatch Barking & Dagenham
  • Healthwatch Hampshire
  • Healthwatch Isles of Scilly
  • Healthwatch Kirklees


For demonstrating the vital role that volunteers play in the success of local Healthwatch.

  • Healthwatch Essex
  • Healthwatch Islington
  • Healthwatch Nottinghamshire
  • Healthwatch York

Working with CQC

For the best example of a time when information and intelligence has been shared between local Healthwatch and the Care Quality Commission, and how their work has complemented or influenced CQC activity.

  • Healthwatch Bolton
  • Healthwatch Lancashire
  • Healthwatch Sheffield
  • Healthwatch Worcestershire


For demonstration of collaboration between local Healthwatch that has led to change across Healthwatch boundaries.

  • Healthwatch Bradford & District
  • Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees
  • Healthwatch Warrington
  • Healthwatch West Sussex

 Commissioning of services

For excellence in influencing the commissioning of health and social care services through gathering the views of, and involving, local people.

  • Healthwatch Bradford & District
  • Healthwatch Cumbria
  • Healthwatch Haringey
  • Healthwatch Waltham Forest

Health & social care service improvement

For the local Healthwatch who has influenced local health and social care providers through evidence from the experiences of their local community, resulting in positive change.

  • Healthwatch Camden
  • Healthwatch Dudley
  • Healthwatch Salford
  • Healthwatch Wakefield