Healthwatch Dudley 2015/16 Annual Report

Healthwatch Dudley is independent and local! We are here to give local people and communities a strong and influential voice in health and care.

Healthwatch Dudley Annual report 2015-16 CoverOur 2015/16 annual report shares some of the highlights of how we are reaching out to thousands of people, to listen to their views and experiences and how our strong evidence based reports are influencing local decision making.  Download our annual report here.

After a busy year, it has been exciting to start our new financial year on a high with being named for two national awards!  The Healthwatch England Network Awards took place last month and out of more than 120 entries Healthwatch Dudley was shortlisted in two categories.  We were delighted to be presented with a Diversity and Inclusion award for our partnership with Dudley Youth Service to inspire young people to become Dudley Youth Health Researchers.

On presenting our award, Paul Redfern, Senior Community Development Manager at the British Deaf Association said: “Healthwatch Dudley has worked hard to ensure that young people get the chance to help shape local health and social care services. Their young researchers have collected the views of 1,100 other young people, which has provided valuable intelligence to share with health and care professionals and helped the young people involved build on their skills. Congratulations, Healthwatch Dudley.”

Making your voice countWe were also received a Highly Commended Health and Social Care Improvement award for involving communities in our activate approach that was developed with Dudley CVS for the All Together Better Partnership.

Find out more about our nominations and about other inspiring stories from across the wider Healthwatch Network.