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New health watchdog provides locals with a voice

The University of Portsmouth has been involved in setting up the creation of a new service that allows members of the public to have their say on local health and social care services.

Local Healthwatch Portsmouth has been set up to act as a consumer champion, making sure local people can influence services, and helping them if they have a question or a complaint.

Healthwatch’s role is also to promote choice, and if necessary to challenge decisions.

Tony Horne, Strategic Healthcare Projects Manager for the University, said: “This partnership has been very successful so far, and has ongoing potential to provide opportunities for student and staff involvement.”

The University of Portsmouth has been working in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Learning Links, a local social enterprise to create the service.

The scheme already has more than 500 members and is seeking more. Members can be involved as much as they want to be. They can give feedback on local services, attend meetings, take part in research and other projects, and even help govern the organisation.

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