Have Your Say - Essex

One of our roles as an organisation is to help give carers a voice. Our Community Inclusion Co-ordinators are eager to hear from carers or those with lived experience of caring who would like to get more involved and have their say in the way we provide services.

It is also key that we also promote consultation and participation opportunities for carers at local and national level and secure pathways for carers to also have their voice to influence services and strategy in the wider community

Below are some ways carers and one of the ways carers can share your ideas, your experiences and concerns:


Healthwatch is an independent nation champion which enables and provide opportunities for people to have their say about their experiences of local health and social care services, whether good and bad. They ensure local providers and commissioners of services are given regular reports of people’s experiences and ask these organisations to respond.

The organisation plays a role at both local and national level and ensures the views of the public and the people who use the services are considered.

HealthwatchEssex  is an independent voice for the people of Essex. We’re here to understand the lived experiences of people who use health and social care services in the county and to make sure their voices are heard and responded to.

Healthwatch Essex provide the opportunity to review a service that you have recently experienced.

You can view information about recently launched, ongoing and completed work or view past reports published by Healthwatch Essex.


Essex County Council

Your local council or governing body may undertake consultations and offer opportunities to have your say on service delivery and development, as well as many other matters. 


NHS England aims to increase transparency in the NHS and to improve services for patients. They have a consultation hub  on the website where you can view the currently active consultations available to take part in. The consultation hub also has a search function, so you can search for consultations relevant to your situation.

Your local NHS services, trusts and CCG's may also undertake consultations on how to deliver services in your local area. They have a variety of ways in which they engage with the public and the method involved may change depending on the nature of the consultation. They may invite you to engage with them by post, by email or through social media. To search for your local CCG then enter your postcode in the CCG search bar on the NHS choices website.

GP surgeries also involve members of the public and invite them to have a say by facilitating Patient Participation Groups. If you would like to be involved, then ask your GP surgery about your local Patient Participation Group. For more information visit the napp website

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