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A new local consumer champion for health and social care has been launched and recruitment is underway for Non-Executive Directors. Healthwatch Hampshire will give local people a stronger voice to challenge and influence how health and social care services are commissioned, designed and delivered in our area. It will enable people to share their views and concerns about local services and help build a picture of where services are doing well and where they could be improved.  

It can provide people with information about local health and care services and how to access them and will work closely with the new NHS Complaints Advocacy Service, provided by SEAP.

It will also have a seat on the new Health and Wellbeing Board, helping to ensure that the views and experiences of the public, patients and service users are at the heart of decision-making about the priorities for local services and how they are commissioned.

Healthwatch Hampshire replaces the previous LINk (Local Involvement Network) and is being delivered by a new partnership of three well-established voluntary sector organisations – Help & Care, Citizens Advice Hampshire and Community Action Hampshire. You can contact them in person at any Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Hampshire, by telephone on 01962 440 262, or through their website.  You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.