Healthwatch Derbyshire Summer Roadshow

Public watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has hit the road in an eye-catching Volkswagon camper van to ask local people about their views and experiences of health and social care services in the county.

Healthwatch Derbyshire is the independent organisation representing the views of the Derbyshire public on health and social care services and visited central locations Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Matlock, Bakewell and Swadlincote during the five-day summer roadshow.
Healthwatch Derbyshire CEO Karen Ritchie said: “We engage with local people in many different ways on specific issues and services that are affecting their lives. “It is also very valuable to go into local communities with a blank sheet of paper to find out what local people want to talk about. “The camper van was certainly a talking point amongst visitors and helped to break the ice before turning the conversations to how they have experienced services and gather their feedback – both positive and negative. “This helps us to shape our future priorities and set the agenda for further consultation and research which we then feedback to health and social care providers and commissioners to action positive change.”

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