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Healthwatch Bradford highly commended for work on autism at national award ceremony

12/07/2017

Healthwatch Bradford and District has been highly commended for a national award that recognises the impact local Healthwatch have made to health and social care in the past year.

A new category, the NICE Better Care award is for Healthwatch helping to improve local services by using NICE advice or guidance, and was presented at the annual Healthwatch network conference on Thursday 6 July. Winners were chosen from 150 entries over seven categories.

Healthwatch Bradford and District's work on autism involved going out speak to parents and carers of people with the condition after we were contacted by members of the public. The work had significant impact in drawing attention to the issues people face when trying to get an autism diagnosis in the District. After the publication of Autistic Spectrum Conditions: What we've heard so far, Healthwatch Bradford was pleased to learn that funding for the adult diagnostic service was increased by 45%.

Autism remains one of our priorities in the coming year and we are speaking to more people to capture their experiences, concerns and hopes.

The winner of the NICE Better Care award was Healthwatch Isle of Wight for using NICE guidelines to help drive improvements in nursing and residential homes. Read more about the local Healthwatch recognised for their work and impact.

 Catherine, Victoria and Paula with the award

Catherine, Victoria and Paula collecting the award

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