Local Healthwatches have been set up across England to create a strong, independent consumer champion whose aim is to:
• Strengthen the collective voice of citizens and communities in influencing local health and social care services to better meet their needs
• Support people to find the right health and social care services for them by providing appropriate information, advice and signposting.
Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland will work with local people, patients, service users, carers, community groups, organisations, service providers and commissioners to get the best out of local health and social care services. This doesn’t just mean improving services today but influencing and shaping services to meet the needs of the local communities tomorrow.