That’s the message from the county’s independent health and care watchdog Healthwatch Wiltshire as it celebrates its sixth birthday today (Monday 1 April).
Healthwatch Wiltshire, along with 147 other healthcare organisations in England, was set up in 2013 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Our role is to listen to the views of the public on local health and care services. We then use this feedback to make sure that those running services, and the government, put people at the heart of care.
In the last year, the we have visited all corners of the county and collected views and experiences from more than 500 people.
Twenty-seven volunteers also took part in 149 activities over the last year and helped to collect feedback from the public.
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, Stacey Plumb said: "Your views really do have the power to make a difference. If it matters to you then the chances are it will matter to someone else too.
"The more people share their ideas, experiences and concerns about NHS and social care, the more services can understand what works, what doesn't and what people want from care in the future."
Six ways to share your views
- Talk to us on an information stand at a community event. See our Events calendar for details.
- Pick up the phone and talk to a friendly member of staff to share your experience. Call us on 01225 434218.
- Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leave feedback on our website.
- Write to us at: Healthwatch Wiltshire, Freepost RTZK-ZZZG-CCBX, The Independent Living Centre, St George's Road, Semington, Trowbridge, BA14 6JQ.
- Join our growing team of volunteers – and help give people a powerful voice to make a real and lasting change.