We are reviewing and developing Healthwatch Hackney’s priorities to guide our work in 2018. We need your help to shape these. We develop priorities by: 
  • Listening to feedback from people who use local health and care services
  • Asking residents what health and care issues matter to them
  • Taking account of local clinical commissioning group, hospital, GP and council priorities
Below are our 2017 priorities. We feel these are still relevant for 2018, but we would like your comment and feedback. Please read and consider all four priorities and let us know what you think. Feel free to suggest others in the space provided. 

* Priority 1: Changes and cuts to social care and their impact
Hackney Council faces further cuts in central government funding and is having to reduce care services.
Do you agree with this priority?

* Priority 2: Early access to quality mental health services for adults and children
Mental health needs are increasing. Local people tell us this is a priority for them. The Government has also pledged to increase access to mental health services.
Do you agree with this priority?

* Priority 3: Shift of services out of hospital into the community
Health and care commissioners and providers want to move more services into the community, away from Homerton Hospital. Patients tell us they like the idea of care close to home but they are worried about losing access to hospital care when they need it.
Do you agree with this priority?

* Priority 4: Access to quality information
We think it is important Hackney people have good quality information about services so they know how they can be supported and that information should be easy to find and accessible to all residents.
Do you agree with this priority?

* Please suggest any other priorities you feel are important. Please also give your reason