What we do
Your health and social care champion
Healthwatch Rutland is your local health and social care champion. From Essendine to Uppingham and everywhere in between, we make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers hear your voice and use your feedback to improve care.
We provide an opportunity for local people to have a powerful voice on the health and social care services they use.
Through our network of committed volunteers, and good relations with existing voluntary and community groups, we work to listen to what local people think about the services they use and then work with providers to change and improve them.
We help people get the best out of their local health and social care services, whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.
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We have put together a list of FAQs about Healthwatch Rutland. If you have any other questions, be sure to contact us.
How we work
We gather first-hand experiences from the people of Rutland and develop them into recommendations for the local health and social care authorities. The information we share helps them make important decisions about your local services. We sit on the local Health and Wellbeing Board, which gives us the power to influence local decision-making about health and social care.
We use the information we gather to identify important local issues and trends and we then carry out our own research into these issues, working closely with existing voluntary and community groups and the authorities. In particular, we want to make sure we represent the voice of the seldom heard, the vulnerable, and those in isolated communities.
And, most importantly, we have statutory powers in law which give us influence. We will feed back what we discover to the authorities, who have a legal responsibility to hear our views and answer any concerns we raise; this means our findings help to shape and improve services. You can be reassured that your views really do count.
Find out more
Read our annual report to find out what we achieved, and the difference that people's views made to services, in 2020-21.