Three groups have come together to take on the role of Surrey’s health and social care consumer champion.
Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC), Citizens Advice Surrey and Help and Care have been appointed by Surrey County Council to act as a public voice.
The watchdog group, which takes on the role on 1 April, will be able to influence policy, planning and delivery of health and social care services.
They will also provide information and advice to help people access and make choices about services.
Michael Gosling, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “This is an excellent outcome for our local Healthwatch as it combines the wealth of experience and skills of the three organisations to be the voice of our residents on health and social care matters.
“We look forward to working closely with the new consortium on improving people’s health and social care services in Surrey.”
Under national health reforms, every local authority in England has to establish a local Healthwatch to replace existing Local Involvement Networks.
The national changes will see public health transfer to councils and GPs take control of NHS spending.
Surrey’s Healthwatch will be represented on the county’s Health and Wellbeing Board – set up as part of the reforms to bring together GPs, health professionals and councils.
For more information, contact Richard Davy at the Surrey Independent Living Council on 01483 458111.