Healthwatch: 'Champion' the voice of the community

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(Last Updated On: May 30, 2018)

Healthwatch Appeal for people to ‘champion’ the voice  of the Community
Local health and social care consumer champion Healthwatch Torbay are appealing for people to give a voice to their local community by becoming a Healthwatch ‘Champion’, during National Volunteers’ Week.

Healthwatch Torbay gather public opinion on health and social care services such as GP surgeries, dentists, hospitals and care homes and to ensure that those who commission (buy) these services actually listen and act upon this feedback.

They are searching for a team of volunteers to train as ‘Healthwatch Champions’, a role which involves engaging with your local community group or organisations and talking with them to gather their feedback and experiences with local Healthcare services to forward to Healthwatch.

The role of Healthwatch Champion can be carried out by an individual or a representative from an organisation. Champions in local areas may work together and will be supported by Healthwatch Torbay to have the opportunity to share their views. They will receive regular updates from Healthwatch and their contributions will even be recognised at the Healthwatch Torbay annual awards.

Healthwatch Champions can link directly into Healthwatch Torbay as often as they wish or even take the lead in a specific area of interest or expertise within their community which could involve running a focus group (with the support of Healthwatch Torbay) or undertaking a target piece of work relevant to their community or support group.

If you want to know more, please call free on 08000 520 029, email info@healthwatchtorbay.org.uk, or visit www.healthwatchtorbay.org.uk for an application pack or to rate and review a health and/or social care service in confidence online.

Bob Jope

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!