At the annual Healthwatch conference (held on 9th and 10th June 2016 in Nottingham) local consumer champions Healthwatch Dorset came runner up 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 Dorset was highly commended for its Commuity Investment Projects, in which it works to engage and involve people from different backgrounds, seldom heard groups and those who experience accessibility issues.
Joyce Guest, Chair of Healthwatch Dorset, said: “We’re delighted to have our work recognised nationally in this way. Our innovative Community Investment Projects are one way in which we team up with local community groups across the county, both to support the great work they do and also to enable us to hear the views and experiences of people we might otherwise not reach. This year we’re supporting groups working with children with learning disabilities, adults with sight loss & people who are homeless, amongst many others. It’s great to receive this kind of recognition and we're very proud of the Healthwatch Dorset team.”
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.”