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Launch of Healthwatch Lancashire

12 July 2013

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The launch of a new health and social care watchdog for Lancashire has taken place at UCLan.

Pic: From left to right - Sally Naden from Radio Lancashire, Gerry Kelleher the UCLan Vice-Chancellor, Margaret Flynn from Safeguarding Adults Board, Richard Jones from the NHS, Gail Stanley Chair of Health Watch and Carole Cochrane former chair of Princess Royal Trust for carers.

The launch of a new health and social care watchdog for Lancashire has taken place on 8 July in the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

Healthwatch is a new national fully independent consumer champion for health and social care.

Healthwatch Lancashire has independent statutory powers to ensure that the consumer voice is heard, and best practice delivered in health and social care within the county. It also has a statutory responsibility to signpost people to services where there is strong practice and a good reputation and to complaints and advocacy services.

“Our launch was attended by the leaders of many organisations with a remit around health and social care and there will also be many representatives of the communities of Lancashire."

Gail Stanley, Chairman of Healthwatch Lancashire, said: “Our launch was attended by the leaders of many organisations with a remit around health and social care and there will also be many representatives of the communities of Lancashire. We need to work in partnership with these organisations in order that we can we bring about the excellence in services that the people of Lancashire need and deserve.”

Gail has spent many years in public and civic life within Lancashire. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of the county and received an MBE for services to Ormskirk. She is a former High Sheriff of the county, a Vice Chairman of Lancashire Police Authority, Chairman of Blackburn Cathedral Trust Board and President of St John Ambulance. She recently retired after 30 years on the Bench to become Chairman of Healthwatch Lancashire. She is presently Vice Chairman Designate of the board of UCLan and County President the West Lancashire Scouting Association.

The launch was marked by Sally Naden of Radio Lancashire who cut a special Healthwatch Lancashire cake. After the event, the cake was donated to the community café at the Foxton Centre, a centre for the homeless in Preston.

Anyone wishing to contact Healthwatch Lancashire can do so by ringing 0844 8800133 or emailing info@healthwatchlancashire.co.uk