To mark the start of 2019, Healthwatch England has published their annual network priorities list – setting out the key health and care topics the local teams will be working on over the year ahead.
Over the last year Healthwatch engaged with over 400,000 people about their experiences of care. Healthwatch England has analysed 139 of these local plans and compiled a national list of the top issues.
The top five priorities for 2019 are:
• Primary care (including access to GPs)
• Children and young people
• Mental health
• Services working better together
• Adult social care, including residential care homes or care at home
Sir Robert Francis, Chair of Healthwatch England, said:
“Taking the time to listen to people’s experiences of care and what they want to see done differently is enlightening and often generates a range of practical solutions that can help services better meet the demands being placed on them.
“This is what we do at Healthwatch. We take the time to listen, and encourage others across health and care to do the same, building vital insight that helps services make the right changes first time.