Healthwatch Lancashire has just appointed Gail Godson as a non-executive Director. Healthwatch Lancashire is the public voice on health and social care. This means that they represent the interests of the residents of Lancashire.
Gail goes on to say’ being passionate about our local health care services, having lived in West Lancashire almost all my life and with a career in the private and public health care sectors across Lancashire that spans over 35 years, I am clearly delighted to call upon my wealth of first-hand experience, the Care Act 2014, my local community network, knowledge and skills to support the boards health and social care agenda, with Mike Wedgeworth MBE - Chairman'.
Healthwatch Lancashire work hard to make sure that views on health and social care services are listened to by those who manage and run local health and social care providers, report concerns to the health regulator – the Care Quality Commission and feed intelligence on a national level to Healthwatch England.
Healthwatch Lancashire gather intelligence by engaging with residents, listen to comments, compliments and concerns and ensure that these views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in Lancashire.
Healthwatch Lancashire represents the views of the public via Health and Wellbeing boards set up by local authorities.They report concerns about the quality of health care to Healthwatch England, which can then recommend that the Care Quality Commission take action.
Identify local and national trends and raise awareness of these to the relevant organisations.
Signpost members of the public to services in Lancashire including information services, clinical commissioning groups and advocate services.
The Healthwatch Lancashire board of directors is responsible for the management and governance of the organisation. Board meetings of Healthwatch Lancashire Ltd are held in public quarterly on the first Thursday of the month. These take place in venues across Lancashire.