Celebrating excellence at the Healthwatch Recognition Awards

40 people and organisations were winners last night at the prestigious Healthwatch Recognition Awards in Ashford which recognised the people and organisations who had listened to you.
Healthwatch Recognition Awards

Organised by both Healthwatch Kent & Healthwatch Medway, 200 guests came together to celebrate the best in health & social care.

Attendees including the Leaders of both Medway & Kent County Council applauded alongside senior representatives  from every NHS organisation in Kent & Medway. Community and voluntary groups, as well as the individuals who had done the work, joined in the celebrations at Revelations in Ashford.

We work with every single health and social care organisation in Kent to ensure that they are hearing your stories and using your experiences to improve their services. This bird’s eye view means that we see what’s working well, and what needs improving. Our Healthwatch Recognition Awards has given us the opportunity to take a moment to recognise and celebrate the best on health & social care in Kent & Medway. Congratulations to everyone who has been recognised.
— Healthwatch Kent's Robbie Goatham

Winners included:

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for listening to Dementia Carers during the pandemic and creating a Carers Card in response

South East Coast Ambulance Service & Integrated Care 24 for involving people in the design and delivery of the new NHS 111 service

Kent & Medway CCG and the Mental Health Trust for committing to a new way of working that sees people with personal experience of mental health working to transform services

Mental Health User Voice Network for proactively seeking to feedback from people about mental health

Kent Public Health for commissioning two films to understand how the pandemic has affected their mental health

Both the Kent Physical Disability Forum and the Older People's Forums for giving people a voice

Kent County Council for using their People's Panel to inform the way they engage and listen to people

Kent & Medway Vaccination Team for helping individual people to get the answers that they need

Heather Bates from Kent County Council won an individual award for the support she gave to Care Homes during the pandemic

Every day people come to us to tell us their story. They talk to us about going the GP, or what it was like when they visited a Care Home. We hear about all NHS and social care services. These stories make a difference and tonight at our award ceremony, we were able to recognise the people who have listened to your story and used it to make a positive change for other people. So keep telling us your stories!
— Healthwatch Medway's Martyn Cheesman


Read about all the winners in the award brochure.

Healthwatch Recognition Awards Brochure

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