Meet the Healthwatch Somerset team
Healthwatch Somerset Manager
Gill leads and manages the work of Healthwatch Somerset. She guides and supports the Healthwatch Somerset Board to ensure our work programme addresses the health and care needs of local people in the context of local and national health and care priorities and developments. She manages our engagement team and oversees the work of our volunteers, to encourage public involvement and participation in the monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of health and social care services. She promotes the value of listening to patient and public feedback and represents the views of local people to those responsible for health and care in Somerset to inform decisions about service development and improvement.
Sheila is the main point of contact for Healthwatch Somerset Volunteers, and recruits new volunteers, co-ordinates all volunteer activities including arranging induction sessions, on-going training, and volunteer supervision to ensure that volunteers are fully supported in their role.
Tanya’s role is to seek out and listen to the people who live in Somerset, to hear their experiences of using health and care services and record the issues and concerns raised by individuals and groups that are then used to inform commissioners and service providers. She also signposts people to where they can get the best support to help them, and works with our volunteers in order to further research and develop particular projects that form part of Healthwatch Somerset’s Work Plan.
Karen’s role involves being the first point of contact for people who wish to share their feedback on health and social care services they have used, signposting people on how to complain about a service, and also relevant available services and charities who can give them help and support. She assists with maintaining the website, and using social media to keep people living in Somerset informed of the team’s work. Karen also organises events, training and Board meetings, and acts as PA to Healthwatch Somerset’s Manager and the Board.
Youth Engagement Officer
Max leads our exciting new Young Listeners project which aims to encourage local children and young people to speak up about their health and care needs to help shape and improve services in the county. Max recruits and trains young volunteers, and works with them to plan and deliver activities to engage and listen to other young people. He brings young people together to share their concerns and views about health and wellbeing, and he supports them to share their ideas with those responsible for local services to help drive positive action and change.
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