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Healthwatch Receives funding to continue for another year

Nottingham City Council has given £160,000 to support an organisation that scrutinises health and social care services.
The council’s grant means that Healthwatch Nottingham – an independent body that works to ensure that patients have a say in how health services are designed – will be able to continue to operate for another year.
A delegated decision to award the funding was made by Helen Jones, director for adult services; Councillor Alex Norris, portfolio holder for adults and health; and Geoff Walker, strategic director of finance.
Delegated decision papers state: “The city council has a statutory responsibility to set up a Healthwatch, which is made up of a volunteer board that is supported by paid officers to scrutinise health and social care services.
“The aim of the Healthwatch officers will be to support the Healthwatch board to champion the local community voice of all citizens, service users and carers of health and adult social care services.
“The money allocated will be used by the board to pay for running and staffing costs.”
A spokesman for Healthwatch said: “Healthwatch Nottingham are pleased to receive confirmation that our work in helping people across Nottingham to contribute to the improvement of local health and care services is secured for the 2017/18 financial year.
“Over the past year, Healthwatch have undertaken numerous projects – some of which include looking into patient experiences of information provision and support at dementia diagnosis, experiences and views on seeking help and support during a mental health crisis, and more recently we have visited local care homes to gather information from residents, and those who visit them, to identify where improvements can be made.
“Healthwatch are developing new ways of working to ensure we are able to expand our reach and continue to give local people a strong voice that is heard by those that design and deliver services.”
In February, Nottinghamshire County Council’s policy committee approved a proposal to consider merging Healthwatch Nottinghamshire and Nottingham.
Nottingham City Council’s delegated decision, published on Thursday, April 6, alludes to the plan. It states: “During the financial year 2017/78, the aim is for commissioners to explore alternative models of Healthwatch which could lead to greater efficiencies without compromising the statutory role of Healthwatch.”

Source Nottingham Post