Local authorities are commissioning new local Healthwatch organisations (LHWO) and existing and potential providers are formulating their ideas on what the shape of the new service should be.
This discussion paper considers the impact that Healthwatch should make and how it might need to work in order to succeed.
The LGA commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to collate case study examples of how local authorities are supporting schools in their enhanced role to provide independent and impartial careers guidance to young people in Years 9 to 11.
Local authorities have a significant role to play in being proactively supportive of the aims and ambitions
of Local Healthwatch and in being seen to be supportive of it at both a strategic level and at the ‘frontline'.
This briefing details the Healthwatch LGA offer of support and development, and how we will work with authorities to gather and share good practice.
Within the context of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 a number of key sectors have come together to provide effective leadership and support for the successful implementation of local Healthwatch (LHW).
With the new General Power of Competence being introduced following the Localism Act, councils will have a greater degree of freedom to trade and charge. This will allow them to think innovatively about new products and services and how to offer existing services more cost effectively.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has long campaigned for reform of our care and support system and we believe we are edging closer to seeing real, tangible change for the better. The forthcoming white paper will be the next important milestone on this journey and we want to use its publication to continue building the momentum for reform.