Following the public consultation on membership regulations for Healthwatch England, the Department has published its official response.
On 26 January, the Department launched the consultation which sought public views on:
- number of members
- suitability of membership
- the process for appointing
- period of time for appointment
The consultation ran from 26 January to 2 March 2012 and views were gathered from stakeholders and experts in the field, including:
- NHS organisations
- voluntary and community sector members
- local authorities
- LINks members
This document provides a summary of these responses, and sets out the policy that the Department has now adopted.
Read the member regulations response: Response to Consultation (PDF, 176K)
This policy is reflected in the regulations (The Care Quality Commission (Healthwatch England) Regulations 2012) and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.
Healthwatch England will be a national body representing the views of service users and the public at national level. Local Healthwatch will gather local views on the health and social care system to provide feedback, which will enable Healthwatch England to advise on the national picture, in turn influencing national policy, advice and guidance.
More information on Healthwatch can be found at ‘What is Healthwatch?’
To contact the Healthwatch team, email Healthwatch@dh.gsi.gov.uk