New independent group to oversee health and social care in Bradford and district (From Ilkley Gazette)
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New independent group to oversee health and social care in Bradford and district
9:00am Saturday 13th April 2013 in Local news
What has been dubbed a “new consumer champion” for health and social care in the district has been launched.
Healthwatch Bradford and District, part of the Healthwatch England national network, is a new independent organisation which will give people a voice to improve and shape services and help them get the best out of health and social care services.
The body will provide information, advice and support to people about services, listen to their views about their needs and experiences and make sure the views are listened to by those setting up and deliver-ing services.
It will also have the power to enter and view health and social care services across the district as well as produce reports and recommendations which influence the way services are designed and delivered at both a local and national level.
It replaces the Bradford Local Involvement Network (LINk), building on its work over the past five years and carrying on with many of its projects, but with extra functions and powers, as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Bradford Council awarded Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action (KIVCA) the contract to run Healthwatch Bradford and District, along with contracts to Bradford and Airedale Mental Health Advocacy Group and Choice Advocacy to run the new Bradford Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy Service. Andrew Jones, who has recently been appointed as manager of Healthwatch Bradford and District, said: “We want to put the voice and influence of local people at the centre of everything we do, and will be working hard to make sure that people across our diverse district feel Healthwatch belongs to them and reflects their needs. It’s early days, but we’re here and ready to get started.”
Healthwatch Bradford and District will be governed by an independent board. A chairman will shortly be selected through nominations from voluntary and community organisations.
Visit healthwatchbradford.co.uk for details.
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