It starts with you!
Healthwatch England launched this National Campaign on the 3rd July 2017.
From concerned mums to passionate pensioners, thousands of ordinary people all across the country are sharing their experiences to help hard pressed hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes find ways to improve.
In the last year the Healthwatch network has heard from 297,290 people specifically sharing their story so that the NHS and council run care services can learn, survive and thrive in difficult times.
But this is just the beginning, with new research suggesting 3 out of 4 (76%) adults in England would be interested in sharing their feedback in order to improve health and social care services if given the opportunity.
Reports from across the Healthwatch network also suggest that the value of listening to patient feedback is starting to gain real traction within the NHS with two thirds of the 148 local Healthwatch reporting that health care providers are now actively seeking out information from them about how patients are experiencing care.
The Healthwatch network exists to make it easy for people to give feedback about health and care services, requiring no more than a short telephone call, email or even a Tweet.
Healthwatch also help those who want to go one step further and work in partnership with local health and care providers to come up with ideas together on how services should change, and then put these plans into action.
More information can be found at http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/itstartswithyou
You can leave your feedback to Healthwatch Bedford Borough by using the form here