New volunteer officer joins Healthwatch Somerset

The new Volunteer Officer for Healthwatch Somerset aims to recruit more people to join the organisation to help shape local health and care services. Julie Draper (pictured right), from Bridgwater, has joined Healthwatch Somerset and her main role will be focusing on...

Healthwatch Somerset welcomes new announcement

The county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Somerset has welcomed news a new provider will run the out of hours GP services in the county. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the NHS organisation responsible for the planning and funding of...

Emily brings new focus

The new manager of Healthwatch Somerset plans to use her previous experience of managing over 2,000 volunteers from across the South West to build a stronger voice for the people in the county. Former Swim England team leader Emily Taylor (pictured right) previously...

“Volunteering saved my life”

A former aircraft engineer who lost his leg in a car accident has said volunteering has been a lifesaver for him. Cliff Puddy, from Burnham-on-Sea, has volunteered with the county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Somerset for the last five years and...

A voice for the people of Somerset

People in Somerset will be given a strong voice to air their views on health and care services in the county – thanks to plans by Evolving Communities, the new provider of the local Healthwatch service. After a recent tender process, Somerset County Council appointed...