Local Healthwatch win national awards
Healthwatch Bradford and District has won a national award that recognises the impact local Healthwatch have made to health and social care in the past year.
The award, presented at the annual Healthwatch network conference on Thursday 9th June, celebrated local Healthwatch that worked to bring about real change. The winners were chosen from over 120 entries across 7 categories.
Healthwatch Bradford and District's work on access to NHS dentists has gathered views from over 1,000 people, and they have campaigned to raise the profile of the issue. By working with neighbouring Healthwatch Kirklees, the Healthwatch Bradford team have influenced NHS England to start a pilot scheme increasing the availability of NHS appointments in areas with the highest need.
Javed Khan, Chair of Healthwatch Bradford and District said: "I'm delighted that our team of dedicated staff and volunteers have been recognised at a national level. This award for our project on dentistry has been the result of three years of hard work, and collaboration with our colleagues in Healthwatch Kirklees, to get to grips with the important issue of access to NHS dentists in areas with significant oral health inequalities."
"It's been a difficult year for Healthwatch Bradford and District, with budget cuts that have again reduced our capacity. This award shows the quality and importance of our work and we hope that Healthwatch Bradford receives the funding and support it needs to continue to make a difference for the people of our district."
Commenting on their winning entry, Emma Easton, Patient and Public Partnerships Lead at NHS England, said: "Healthwatch Bradford & District's entry is an excellent example of partnership working with clear division of roles. I particularly liked the fact that they are involved in delivering the solution, the evidence of impact and change to service provision as a result of their work."
Healthwatch Bradford and District also secured a Highly Commended award in the 'Making a difference in commissioning' category for their work on home care services. Their 'Come on time, slow down, and smile' report highlighted the experiences of older people receiving care at home and has been highly influential in the council's decision to re-commission £27million home care services in an integrated personalised support and care framework.
The Healthwatch team will celebrate their success and thank volunteers for their contribution at their AGM to be held at Central Hall in Keighley on 30th June – members of the public are welcome to attend. Contact 01535 665 258 for details.