Following a competitive tender, from 1 April 2021 The Advocacy People takes over as the provider of Healthwatch Portsmouth and of the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service relating to NHS health care.
Healthwatch is the independent consumer champion for all health and social care services. There is a local Healthwatch in every area of England. Healthwatch works in the community to find out what people like about services, and what could be improved, and shares these views with those with the power to make change happen. Healthwatch also helps people find the information they need about services in their area.
The Advocacy People is the provider of Healthwatch in West Berkshire and provides the NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy Service in numerous other areas across the South of England, including in Southampton and the Isle of Wight.
Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to commission Healthwatch provision, including an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service relating to NHS health care.
For more information on Healthwatch Portsmouth visit http://healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk/.