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Health bosses' aim to make fledgling Staffordshire watchdog 'a Rolls Royce' service

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: May 28, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ... Jan Sensier, chief executive of Healthwatch Staffordshire is urging people to come forward and help make the new watchdog a 'Rolls Royce' of a service

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BOSSES at Staffordshire’s new health watchdog are urging volunteers to help make the service a ‘Rolls Royce’.

Healthwatch Staffordshire - which launched in April and has statutory powers to enter premises, see first-hand how healthcare is delivered and recommend improvements providers have to respond to - is urging residents to help improve and monitor vital services.

A recruitment event at Rising Brook Baptist Centre, Stafford, from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, June 5 will celebrate volunteer’s work, recruit new ones and consider the fledgling organisations priorities.

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, said: “We’re absolutely determined to give the people of Staffordshire a powerful voice, and the more committed volunteers we have the easier that becomes.

“Volunteering for Healthwatch Staffordshire is incredibly rewarding and we want every community, neighbourhood and age group to be represented.

“I would urge anyone who wants to make a real difference to health and social care in the county to come and see us.”

Participants will be able to talk to existing volunteers, vote on the organisation’s future priorities In addition and hear from national body, Healthwatch England, how local groups will be able to influence decisions on a national scale.

“If we want to improve health services, it’s vital that we get the views of patients and then analyse those views effectively,” said Ms Sensier. “Staffordshire deserves a Rolls Royce of a Healthwatch, and our volunteers will help deliver that.”

For more information, visit www.engagingcommunitiesstaffordshire.co.uk, call 01785 887841 or email contactus@engagingcommunitiesstaffordshire.co.uk

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