Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services that they use. Through a committed staff team and a brilliant dedicated group of volunteers, we:
Provide people with information, advice and support about local health and social care services.
Gather views and experiences of local people on the way services are delivered and provided.
Influence local services based on the evidence that we gather and through our position on the Health and Wellbeing Board in the city.
Work with other Healthwatch organisations to build a national picture of people’s views on health and social care services.
Offer support and guidance to those people that wish to make a complaint about NHS care.
Siobhain started as the Project Manager in April and will be supporting and leading the team in its day-to-day and project activity. Working closely with the Healthwatch Board, commissioners, providers of services and the voluntary sector Siobhain’s aim is to help local people have their say in shaping and developing how health and social care services are provided in Portsmouth. Siobhain has 26 years’ experience of being a manager in the voluntary and not for profit sector, supporting people with long term conditions to influence service provision in their local area. Siobhain has continued to work in the patient engagement and self-management sector and is a keen believer in person-centred approaches to care.
Alison NicholsonCommunity Engagement Officer
Alison is the Community Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Portsmouth. Alison is always keen to raise the awareness of Healthwatch throughout the city and is constantly on the lookout for new places to visit. If you have a group or a club that would be interested in hearing about Healthwatch, let Alison know! For the past 11 years Alison has worked at Foyer for the Island – a supported housing scheme for 16-25 year olds on the Isle of Wight and would like to use this experience to help the younger population of the city have their voice heard when it comes to health and social care services.
Fergus CameronSenior Advocate Coordinator
Fergus is the Senior Advocate Coordinator at Healthwatch Portsmouth. He supports people using the NHS complaints procedure. This involves enabling people to express their complaint, get explanations about difficulties in their care, and have an outcome that will help to improve NHS services. Fergus is a Healthwatch member having lived in Portsmouth since coming down from Lincolnshire to the then Portsmouth Polytechnic. Fergus’s background is in social work, Nurse Education and training in Health and Social care and hopes to bring this together to be an advocate for people needing to make a complaint, had a bad experience, of using NHS services.