Hertfordshire LINk is planning for the Transition to HealthWatch in April next year. As part of the transition process, Hertfordshire LINk held two consultation workshops in January and February 2012 consulting with attendees on influencing, developing and working with Healthwatch in Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire LINk held the two consultative workshops at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and their members. In the first workshop on the 17th January, Frances Hasler, the head of Healthwatch Stakeholder Strategy in the Departement of Health spoke about the 'Healthwatch National Scene.'
Secondly, Tim Anfilogoff, Head of Community Wellbeing at Hertfordshire County Council fed back results of the 360 Degree Review questionnaire and presented on building on the acheivement of LINk.
There were themed tables who discussed influencing signposting, monitoring and investigating, engaging and involving people.The Second workshop was held on the 23rd February. The National Council of Voluntary Organisations fed back information from Workshop One, and then had group discussions on identifying and removing barriers, involving and engaging stakeholder groups.
There were table discussions on how Healthwatch Hertfordshire might ensure its governance structure enables it to operate effectively as an inclusive organisation, about how to achieve its desired impact on service provisions and quality and about representing differing views and feed them into work streams and policy making.
Table leads fed back these table discussions.
Following these two workshops, two reports were written by Geoff Brown and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. These can be viewed below.