Have Your Say - Kent
One of our roles as an organisation is to help give carers a voice.
It is also key that we also promote consultation and participation opportunities for carers at local and national level and secure pathways for carers to also have their voice to influence services and strategy in the wider community
Below are some ways carers and one of the ways carers can share your ideas, your experiences and concerns:
Healthwatch is an independent nation champion which enables and provide opportunities for people to have their say about their experiences of local health and social care services, whether good and bad. They ensure local providers and commissioners of services are given regular reports of people’s experiences and ask these organisations to respond.
The organisation plays a role at both local and national level and ensures the views of the public and the people who use the services are considered.
Healthwatch Kent is an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and social care users across Kent. Their mission is to raise the public's voice to improve the quality of local health and social care services in Kent.
Healthwatch Kent are currently asking people how they would like the NHS to communicate to them, to participate you can complete an onlinesurvey here>>.
The website has a page where you can share your views.
You can view past reports published by Healthwatch Kent.
Kent County Council
Your local council or governing body may undertake consultations and offer opportunities to have your say on service delivery and development, as well as many other matters.
NHS England aims to increase transparency in the NHS and to improve services for patients. They have a consultation hub on the website where you can view the currently active consultations available to take part in. The consultation hub also has a search function, so you can search for consultations relevant to your situation.
Your local NHS services, trusts and CCG's may also undertake consultations on how to deliver services in your local area. They have a variety of ways in which they engage with the public and the method involved may change depending on the nature of the consultation. They may invite you to engage with them by post, by email or through social media. To search for your local CCG then enter your postcode in the CCG search bar on the NHS choices website.
GP surgeries also involve members of the public and invite them to have a say by facilitating Patient Participation Groups. If you would like to be involved, then ask your GP surgery about your local Patient Participation Group. For more information visit the napp website.
Kent and Medway Patient Transport Charter
The Patient Charter for non-emergency Patient Transport sets out Kent and Medway patients' expectations of what good quality care and support means when helping us to access care we need.
Click here to view the Patient Transport Charter.
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