Everyone seemed to like my Local HealthWatch Briefing Paper which I scribbled in October last year, but a few things have changed since then. I wouldn’t want you all wandering around with an outdated briefing paper in your paw, so I’ve put together a brand new version which hopefully reflects what we know at the moment.
What to do with this information:
- Gently pass it to your Local Authority Local HealthWatch Commissioner, who is probably crying at his/her desk;
- Have a read and let me know what I’ve missed, and drop me an email to let me know!
- Please note! This HealthWatch Briefing Paper has been superceded by the new and shiny Version 2, which you can find on my blog here.
It’s probably fair to say that I’ve become a bit of a HealthWatch Geek over the last few months. This is largely because I am naturally a bit swotty but also because I like a treasure hunt, and finding out any solid facts about Local HealthWatch feels rather like finding a needle in a big haystack of very boring documents from the Department of Health.
Anyway, to save our lovely local LINk people the trouble of staying up half the night reading through the footnotes in Department of Health Impact Assessments, I’ve put together a Local HealthWatch Briefing paper.
Now it has to be said that this is all my personal interpretation of the available documents, and others may disagree! If you disagree, please let me know and we can plan a lovely HealthWatch dinner party and spend all night discussing involvement and scrutiny over port and cheese. (Or I could just amend this document.) It is also written in a way that hopefully makes it accessible to as many people as possible, so I’ve tried to avoid long words that might add clarification or accuracy, but would also put people off or confuse people. So as such, it may not be as nuanced as it could be!
View the HealthWatch Briefing Paper:
What to do with this document:
Please do have a read and let me know your thoughts. Feel free to distribute it or upload it to your website if you want to. You are very welcome to use any part of this for any purpose that you like – if you want a copy in Word so that you can fiddle about with it, please email me and I’ll be happy to send you a copy. Enjoy!
The poor Datagoat has been rather neglected of late, but I have a nice juicy organogram to cheer us all up. I am working on some other bits and pieces too, but this was too delicious not to share.
The Westminster Blog has published these fabbie organograms showing how the structure of the NHS is changing. Click on the smaller images in the blog and they will take you to larger, clearer images.What to do with this data
The diagrams speak for themselves which is why I love them so much. They are very useful for conveying to people some of the enormous complexity of how things are changing.
I have printed them out and stuck them on the wall of the datagoat’s pen so I can admire them during the day, and I recommend that you do the same.*
*They have actually missed out Local HealthWatches, so you will need to draw those on with a crayon.
Healthwatch (or even HealthWatch) – what will it look like? Unfortunately, we don’t have a very clear answer to that question yet, but we do have some source material from which we can extract some Best Guesses.
Health & Social Care Bill (draft): Here is our primary source: the draft Health & Social Care Bill – all 281 clauses of it. This draft legislation is the coalition government’s vision for health and social care in England and was presented to parliament on 19 January 2011. Various parts mention Healthwatch England and Local Healthwatch, in particular Part 5: Public Involvement & Local Government and Schedule 13: Local Healthwatch Organisations.
Along with the Bill, we have the Explanatory Notes. Explanatory notes have to be published alongside Acts of Parliament, in order to make them more accessible to the average person who is not legally qualified and perhaps is a tad baffled by what the squillions of pages of legalese might actually mean.
More interesting, perhaps, is some of the information that’s tucked away in the Combined Impact Assessments. (Impact Assessments summarise the thinking that has gone on around a government Bill, for example, and looks at what the consequences will be.) These Impact Assessments contain more information on exactly how the government is defining things such as ‘information and advice’ (which it is aligning to the PCT PALS function).
What to do with this data:
Well you can have a trawl through all of the above if you are brave enough, or you can just have a look through our best guesses, which we’ve put into the following document: What we (sort of) know about Local Healthwatch. It’s a bit of a stab in the dark – so any clarifications (or alternate interpretations) would be very welcome!