Healthwatch Cumbria has been shortlisted for a national award that celebrates the difference local Healthwatch have made to health and social care in the past year.
Shortlisted from over 120 entries, Healthwatch Cumbria has been shortlisted for its work on ‘Maternity Matters’ – ‘what does a great service look like’ a report produced in February 2016 which details the views of 1234 women on what a great maternity service would look like.
In 2014/15, 152 local Healthwatch engaged over 300,000 people to find out their views, visited more than 3,300 local services to find out if they are working for people, and published over 650 reports about what people want and need from health and care.
David Blacklock, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Cumbria, said, “It is so encouraging that our work in Cumbria has once again been recognised at a national level. I would like to thank all those who supported us to carry out this important piece of work, in particular the Maternity Services Liaison Committees from across Cumbria and our staff who visited over 70 locations to support women to share their views.
Jane Mordue, Interim Chair of Healthwatch England, said: “We were really impressed with this year’s awards entrants. The wide range of submissions, and the strength of those shortlisted, is testament to how the Healthwatch network is using people’s voices to make a difference to health and social care services.
“All of the submissions were of a very high standard, and I’d like to thank all who took part. I look forward to congratulating the winners on the 9th June!”
The final winner will be chosen by judges and announced on 9th June.