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