Help shape new health watchdog

DERBYSHIRE residents are being encouraged to help shape a new health and social care watchdog which will make sure their views are considered when services are planned and delivered.

Healthwatch is a new service set up by the Government which from April 2013 will allow local people to influence, challenge and get involved in the planning of health and social care services.

Derbyshire County Council is appealing for residents to take part in a questionnaire and workshops to make sure Healthwatch Derbyshire reflects and represents the county’s communities.

For more information, find workshop details and have a say in an online questionnaire until October 15, go to

For paper copies of the questionnaire call 01629 539172, email or write to Healthwatch Derbyshire, Policy and Research Division, Derbyshire County Council, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG.