Sefton celebrates the launch of its local Healthwatch

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Sefton celebrates the launch of its local Healthwatch

Residents, local groups and stakeholders celebrated the launch of local health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Sefton at a recent public event.

Over 150 people attended a morning of networking and guest speakers at Crosby Civic Hall on the Tuesday 1st October – exactly six months after Healthwatch was established in April.

The event was hosted by Chair Maureen Kelly, and featured guest speakers Fiona Clark, Chief Officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG) and NHS Southport & Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (SFCCG), and Mark Gamsu, Visiting Professor in Citizenship and Health from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Speaking at the event, Chief Officer of both Clinical Commissioning Groups in Sefton Fiona Clark said “Healthwatch will act as our critical friend, and I firmly believe that we can make a difference in Sefton as one voice by working together”. “Healthwatch is absolutely key to our work, and it’s really important for local people to feed their experiences back to us”.

Closing the first half of the event, guest speaker Professor Mark Gamsu said “For me, Healthwatch will be right at the front of decision making when it comes to health and social care services. Evidence and data is so important, but the patient voice is what really makes a difference”.

Members of the Healthwatch Sefton staff team also spoke at the event and explained the key functions of Healthwatch, including the new Signposting & Information Service (Freephone 0800 206 1304) which provides help and advice to Sefton residents on choosing the right local services.

Speaking after the event, Chair Maureen Kelly said “On behalf of everyone at Healthwatch Sefton, we would like to thank our local residents, groups and partners for coming along today and supporting our work. The overwhelming response from the community has been the perfect way to launch Healthwatch across Sefton”.

A full review including pictures, videos and audio from the launch event will be available at in the coming weeks.

For more information on Healthwatch Sefton, please call 0151 920 0726 ext 240 or email [email protected]

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