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Healthwatch Southwark's work deepens understanding of local health concerns


Several pieces of Healthwatch Southwark's work have featured in a report and blogpost by Savitri Hensman, who is the Patient and Public Involvement Coordinator at CLAHRC South London.

CLAHRC, the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, aims to improve health services by investigating the best way to implement research results and clinical guidelines in real life.

Savitri's report and blogpost talk about the value of in-depth engagement by organisations like Healthwatch - she says 'There is a wealth of knowledge among patient, carer and community organisations in south London.' We can shed light on the factors influencing people's health, particularly by reaching out to seldom-heard communities and highlighting the impact of exclusion and inequality. The report uses examples from our discussions with Bengali women, Vietnamese users of mental health services, Gypsies and Travellers, and Trans people.

Healthwatch's Chair, Stephen Whittle, and Research and Intelligence Officer, Catherine Negus, met with Savitri in December to talk about well-known and emerging healthcare issues, from GP access and hospital waiting times to talking therapies and care coordination.


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