• 2018 sees record breaking 170 entries from across England
  • Categories celebrate the huge contribution made by local staff and volunteers gathering views from half a million people last year
  • Achievements recognised by over 350 local health and care champions representing every local area in the country

Last night the Healthwatch network came together to recognise some of the fantastic work of local community champions helping to improve the country’s hospitals, GPs and care services.

A record breaking 170 entries from over 100 local Healthwatch teams were submitted this year. These were then whittled down to 35 shortlisted entries across seven categories.

The winners were chosen by members the Healthwatch England national committee, with the awards presented by high profile speakers including Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, and Chair of the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee, Sarah Wollaston.

Award categories:

  • Giving people the advice and information they need
  • Volunteering
  • Helping people have their say
  • Improving health and social care
  • Championing diversity and inclusion
  • #ItStartsWithYou
  • Celebrating 70 years of the NHS


Imelda Redmond CBE, National Director of Healthwatch England, said:

“The Healthwatch Network Awards are a fantastic opportunity for the whole network to come together and celebrate the difference our teams and volunteers are making right across the country.

“All of the entrants this year demonstrated the real impact we can have when people’s experiences are placed at the heart of the services they receive.

“I’d like to thank all those who took part, they have done themselves and their communities proud.”

AWARD WINNERS

  • Giving people the advice and information they need

WINNER Healthwatch Wirral

RUNNER UP – Healthwatch Surrey

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Torbay

Healthwatch Wirral’s Infobank service, developed in partnership with Arrowe Park Hospital, won this category for helping more than 12,000 local people access information and advice about a whole range of services – from help quitting smoking to finding a care home for a loved one.

Helen Parker, award judge and Healthwatch National Committee Member, said:

Healthwatch Wirral mixed collaboration, information and providing advice to deliver significant improvements in the numbers of people they engaged with over the last year. Patients, families and friends, NHS staff and other professionals have all benefited from this central point of support and information.”

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