Haringey Council are pleased to announce the award of the Healthwatch Haringey contract to Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau (HCAB), and Haringey Race and Equality Council (HREC).
Healthwatch organisations are being set up by every local council as part of changes to health services coming in this April.
As well as assuming responsibility for public health for the area, Haringey Council must set up and manage a local Healthwatch to act as an advocate for patients and local residents.
From April, Healthwatch organisations will replace the Local Involvement Network so as to strengthen the collective voice of healthcare and social service users in the borough. They will have support from Healthwatch England which will act as a consumer champion for health and social care nationally.
Lisa Redfearn, Deputy Director for Adult Services said:
“Extensive community and stakeholder engagement held last summer told us that people wanted to see Haringey’s Healthwatch run by a local organisation. People also told us that Healthwatch must be inclusive and act as a champion for a range of different groups.
"After careful consideration of all tenders, Haringey Council felt that these two organisations had the right skills, local knowledge and experience to engage with our different communities. Over the next few months these two organisations ability to deliver these services will be monitored.
"People trust Haringey Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s independence and impartiality and this organisation’s ability to offer good quality advice and advocacy and Haringey’s Race and Equality Council’s practical grassroots experience of local equality and diversity work.
"We are confident that these organisations will be complimentary in meeting the aim of building an engaging and inclusive Healthwatch service for residents and that they will provide a Healthwatch service that Haringey can be proud of."