latest health care news

27.11.18

NHS England and NHSI to give Healthwatch ‘significant investment’

NHS England and NHS Improvement are to give “significant investment” to Healthwatch England in order to support local Healthwatch to “ensure the views of patients and the public are heard.”

The money will be used to consult with staff, patients and the public to determine how the NHS’s long-term plan will affect local health care systems, and how services will need to adapt.

This comes after a report earlier this month found that the Healthwatch workforce numbers have fallen by 22% in the last two years, revealed in the annual State of Support study.

The report found that local Healthwatch funding had been reduced by 4.3% between 2017-18 and 2018-19, raising the total statutory funding reduction to 35% since 2015.

The level of investment has not yet been finalised, but NHS England did say “significant investment” was on its way in its November update from the Long-Term Plan Engagement team.

The report said: “To help facilitate this ongoing engagement, NHS England and NHS Improvement will be providing significant investment, via Healthwatch England, to support local to ensure that the views of patients and the public are heard.”

It also said that: “From December onwards, staff, patients, the public and other stakeholders should have the opportunity to work with local organisations to determine what the long-term plan means for their area, and how services need to adapt and improve in the short and medium term.”

NHS England also said they will be supporting communications and engagement staff working for local NHS organisations to engage staff, patients and stakeholders and facilitate debate around Healthwatch.

 

Enjoying NHE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Image credit - sturti

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

20/03/2019Staying curious with the Shadow Board Programme

Kirstie Stott, director of The Inspiring Leaders Network, discusses organis... more >
Fiction as Therapy

20/03/2019Fiction as Therapy

Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing – a press specialising in fict... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

20/03/2019Personal Health Budgets: empowering individuals

Jon Baker, PHBChoices director at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) believes that the extension of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) is a great opportunity for clinical comm... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar

back

March 2019

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
25 26 27 28 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >