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Working with Healthwatch and the Voluntary Sector

Frimley Health and Care ICS actively works and collaborates with our Local Healthwatch and Voluntary, community and faith sector colleagues.

In 2017 we established a Healthwatch Leads Network which brings together our Healthwatch partners from across the ICS area (Hampshire, Surrey, Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead and Slough).

In 2018 we also established a Voluntary Sector Leads network bringing together our CVS and volunteer centre partners.

These quarterly network meetings allow us to share updates and priorities, explore opportunities for collaborative working and to take action on issues raised by participants.

In the past two years this has led to a number of collaborations including:

  • Healthwatch involvement in the formation of our ‘Creating Healthier Communities Strategy’. Healthwatch led a series of independent focus groups alongside a survey that received over 1500 responses. More information, including the full Healthwatch report, is available here.
  • Our voluntary sector partnerships have increased understanding and led to the successful development of a project to improve and integrate volunteering approaches across the ICS. With support from NHS England we are scoping new ways of attracting and retaining volunteers whilst also ensuring innovation in our approach. More information can be found here.