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Local Democracy and Health

Setting Priorities for Local Healthwatch

Blog Feb 2013

As Local Healthwatch organisations start to be confirmed they will immediately feel pressure to demonstrate impact. What factors does local Healthwatch need to take into account when determining its priorities? I was asked to give a short talk (10 minutes!) at the Healthwatch England Conference held on the 6th of February in Leeds – this is what I said.

There are no quick answers to determining local priorities – but in determining priorities it may be helpful to consider the following:

Which areas of work to prioritise?

  • Which tools are most important and when? –  What is the right balance in terms of time and resources between Enter and View? data analysis? Service reviews? Which of these (and other tools) will make the biggest impact and under what circumstance?
  • Information – what is the right balance between providing advice and information for the public and

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