Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire shortlisted for prestigious national award

Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire was shortlisted under the ‘The impact our team makes’ category in the Healthwatch Awards 2020, which are run by Healthwatch England.

This annual event – which this year is taking place virtually due to the pandemic – celebrates the difference Healthwatch’s 4,400 staff and volunteers have made over the past year. Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire is one of only 30 local Healthwatch out of a total of 152 across England to be in the running for one of the awards.

Like their colleagues across the country, Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire staff and volunteers have been supporting their local community more than ever through the pandemic by:

  • Finding out what people like about health and social care support, and what could be improved
  • Helping people find the information they need about services in their area and;
  • Encouraging those in charge of NHS and social care services to make the changes that communities would like to see.

Other shortlisted nominations from around the country to the Healthwatch Awards include:

  • Healthwatch Leeds – for helping to improve access to mental health crisis support.
  • Healthwatch Camden – for research with other organisations to understand the social infrastructure used by older Bangladeshi residents.
  • Healthwatch Surrey – for volunteers who helped improve the way a local NHS hospital reports incidents of poor care that have led to severe harm or death.

Harsha Kotecha, Chair Healthwatch Leicester & Healthwatch Leicestershire, said:

“It is a wonderful acknowledgement for the team at Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire to be shortlisted for this national award.  It highlights the difference Healthwatch can make locally to ensure that patient voice continues to play a substantive role in the development of health and social care services.”

Mukesh Barot, Interim Manager Healthwatch Leicester & Healthwatch Leicestershire, said:

“Being shortlisted for this national award is a fantastic recognition of the work our staff and volunteers do to ensure that the experience and voice of patients and communities across Leicester and Leicestershire continually informs the design and delivery of health and social care.

We want the people of Leicester and Leicestershire to know that we are here to listen and connect with you so that you can connect better with health and social care.”

Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair of Healthwatch England, said:

“I never stop being inspired by the dedication of local Healthwatch staff to making care better for their communities.

“Whether reaching out those whose views are not being heard, helping people to find the support they need or making sure NHS and social care services act on the improvements that the public want to see, the award entries highlight the difference local Healthwatch make.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted. They have done their communities proud.”

The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced during Healthwatch Week, which runs from Monday 2 November 2020.

More information about the shortlist can be found here on the Healthwatch England website.


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