Healthwatch Bucks awarded new contract
Buckinghamshire County Council has awarded Healthwatch Bucks a new two-year contract from November 2017 to October 2019.
The contract, worth £340,000 over two years, was confirmed in August 2017, and will enable the organisation to continue gathering people’s views and experiences of health and social care services in Buckinghamshire.
The win reflects a long period of hard work by Healthwatch Bucks in preparing for and presenting the tender.
Jenny Baker OBE, Chair, Healthwatch Bucks, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded the contract as Healthwatch Bucks have spent the last four years evolving the best service we can. This contract will allow us to build on the excellent work we have already done in the community to promote and capture patient experience and ensure people are at the heart of our local health and social care services”
Healthwatch Bucks belongs to a national network of 148 independent local organisations set up by the government across England, which includes Healtwatch Oxfordshire.
This forms part of a wider national initiative that aims to join up local NHS, social care and public health services as well as position patient-centred health and social care outcomes amongst the best in the world.
Councillor Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Bucks County Council, said: “It is vital that health and social care providers listen to the views and experiences of our service users so that we improve and shape future services across Bucks, ensuring they meet the needs of our local population. Healthwatch Bucks is well placed to do this and we look forward to working with them as they champion the voices of patients and service users across the county.”