Our #SpeakUp small grants scheme awards funding to local community, voluntary, or not-for-profit groups, enabling them to engage with their communities about what matters to them.
Recommendations from the report:
- There is a need to encourage greater involvement and participation by patients in GP medical centres/practices to help overcome the issues around appointments.
- GP practices need to provide clarity/guidance for patients about wait times for appointments and what they can expect.
- To address the reluctance of residents to get involved in this project, it would be helpful to run awareness campaigns around the role of Healthwatch in the local community.