THE Government has set up a new watchdog in South Derbyshire to be run by residents ensuring people receive a high quality of health and social care.
The Executive Healthwatch board has appointed eight independent members who will lead the development of Derbyshire’s Healthwatch scheme.
It is hoped that the new watchdog can improve how people influence, challenge and get involved in planning health and social care services in Derbyshire.
The scheme, which will be in full operation by April, will collect and provide information on current services available.
They will also put service users in touch with an independent complaints panel if they are unhappy with their current standard of care.
Darren Bailey, acting chairman of the executive board, said: “Healthwatch Derbyshire will give people a powerful voice both locally and nationally.
“We will work hard to help residents get the best out of their local health and social services, whether it’s improving them or helping to shape them for tomorrow.
“Healthwatch Derbyshire is about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of services for the whole of Derbyshire now and in the future.”
A further recruitment process will take place in March or April to increase the workforce to 12 members.
This is hoped to ensure the board has all the skills required to represent Derbyshire residents fairly.