Healthwatch is the name of the independent ‘consumer champion for health and social care’ launched by the Government in April 2013. There are 152 local Healthwatch across England, set up in each local authority area, including Reading. Healthwatch is designed to give the public more say over services and to help prevent a repeat of failings such as the shocking treatment of patients who died after mistreatment at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Healthwatch England is the umbrella organisation for local Healthwatch.
Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch Reading works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Healthwatch Reading is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.