Date Published: 16 February 2018
A new provider has been chosen to deliver Healthwatch services in Rutland.
Local Healthwatch services were first established in the UK in 2013 as a way for communities to influence and challenge local health and social care provision. They also support people to access information that can help them make decisions when using health and social care services.
From 1st April 2018, Healthwatch services in Rutland will be provided by Connected Together Community Interest Company (CTCIC), who take over from Healthwatch Rutland Community Interest Company.
The selection follows an open procurement process and public consultation which highlighted the need for Rutland to keep its own Healthwatch Service, rather than having a shared service for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
“The re-provisioning of local Healthwatch services is important so that people in Rutland can continue to have a voice when it comes to their health and social care services. The process for choosing a provider was informed by local people who clearly said they wanted a Rutland-specific Healthwatch service that could represent their views and interests. The requirements placed on our chosen provider also ensure that Rutland’s Healthwatch services will continue to have a base within the county, with easy access for service users, as well as recognising the importance of volunteers and the need to engage with the whole community."
Dr Tim O’Neill, Director for People at Rutland County Council
The contract awarded to CTCIC to provide Healthwatch services in Rutland runs for three years, with the option to extend annually for a further three years, taking the service through to 2024.