Part of the local Healthwatch programme is to carry out Enter and View visits. Local Healthwatch representatives carry out these visits to health and social care services to find out how they are being run and make recommendations where there are areas for improvement.
The Health and Social Care Act allows local Healthwatch Authorised Representatives to observe service delivery and talk to service users, their families and carers on premises such as hospitals, residential homes, GP practices, dental surgeries, optometrists and pharmacies.
Enter and View visits can happen if people tell us there is a problem with a service but, equally, they can occur when services have a good reputation– so we can learn about and share examples of what they do well from the perspective of people who experience the service first hand.
To find out more about Healthwatch, visit their website.