Report of discussion workshop on good involvement of local people

Read a summary of findings for a workshop we ran to discuss good patient public involvement with local engagement leads .

The Healthwatch Good Engagement Charter sets out nine principles for good practice in talking with and involving local people in health and care.

The Charter is to guide engagement approaches and work. It is aimed at
local NHS and other organisations that work to gather feedback and involve
people in how services are set up, delivered or reviewed.

The Charter was published in 2013 by Healthwatch Coventry and Healthwatch Warwickshire after we spoke to local people.

We are now reviewing what it says. To start this, we held a discussion group. 

The discussion about current approaches to engagement and involvement
highlighted three important issues to be addressed in the new ways of


Report of workshop
Those who do work to talk to and involve local people raised important points about barriers to doing this work as well as they would like. Making sure work can be joined up, is supported with the right resources and there is the buy in from decision makers to respond to what people say, are really important for success.
— Ruth Light Healthwatch Coventry Chief Officer