North West London NHS Asks: Do You #Knowalcohol?

“Alcohol Awareness Week is a good opportunity to assess your levels of drinking and the effect that alcohol has on your life. There is no shame in asking for help if you struggle to control your drinking. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, there is lots of support out there to …

New Cafe Table Scheme For Carers Visiting Hospitals

This new project aims to bring together unpaid carers who are visiting or looking after their loved ones in hospital. Charing Cross Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital are the first hospitals to participate. The project was founded by one of our service users, Caroline Aldiss. Those sitting at these Carers Cuppa tables will know that they are …

Empowering Patients to Record Urgent End of Life Care Wishes

Coordinate My Care puts you at the heart of planning your urgent medical care: by making sure that your wishes are taken into account by everyone who will be looking after you. Through myCMC you create a Coordinate My Care (CMC) urgent care plan, together with your doctor or nurse. It includes important information about …

North West London Case for Change – response from Healthwatch CWL

Healthwatch Central West London (Healthwatch CWL) is pleased to provide further detail and additional comments that respond to the North West London Case for Change documents. You can read the new updated documents, which follow on from the North West London Case for Change – response from Healthwatch Central West London, August 2019 , which was …

Answer The Public Blog

Here at Healthwatch Central West London, we exist to amplify the voices of YOU, the local residents, and to champion your rights in how health and social care is delivered and designed. We are continually looking to break down barriers that prevent you from accessing the health and social care services you need.

With this in mind, we are launching a new series of blog entries where we will answer some of the most common questions people search about us online on search engines. Our hope is that this will help to strengthen our connection with the community we serve and ensure that you know that we are here to listen to you.

 

Why was Healthwatch set up?

Healthwatch England was established as an effective, independent consumer champion for health and social care. It also provides a leadership and support role for the local Healthwatch network, and Healthwatch Central West London is one part of this network.

NHS England and Healthwatch England share a common goal of making sure that the interests of people are at the heart of everything we do.

In June 2015, NHS England and Healthwatch England signed a Memorandum of Understanding signalling a commitment to working together and challenging each other when necessary to support our shared purpose of improving health and well being outcomes for consumers, including patients, carers, families and communities.

 

What does Healthwatch Central West London do?

We are part of the statutory regulatory framework of the NHS. Our specific role is to conduct research with local people and groups to discover what they like about services and what could be improved, and then share these views with those with the power to make change happen. We are also proud to be a source of information on local health and social care, presenting our findings at health conferences and running training courses for volunteers and
service users.

Each year we have particular areas of focus across our boroughs and we work on these with our Local Committees and commissioners to ensure that these reflect what we have heard from the public.

 

Who commissions Healthwatch Central West London?

Healthwatch England is funded by the Department of Health. The Department of Health then pass this funding on to each local authority in the country who decide how to fund us.

 

Look out for the next installment in this series, coming soon!

 

 

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Young H&F launches new website

Young H&F brings together youth organisations, businesses, local government, schools, funders and the wider community to create opportunities for young people. Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation have a new website, which is now live. If you would like to sign up for the website, then you can click HERE Why might you want to sign …