New appointment for healthwatch

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An organisation seeking views on part of the health service has appointed a new chairman.

Healthwatch Northumberland, the independent champion for people who use health and social care in the county, welcomes a new chair of the board.

David Thompson, of Corbridge, is a former headteacher of Haydon Bridge High School and non-executive director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He has also been chairman of North Country Leisure and Tynedale Sports Council.

He joins Healthwatch Northumberland, which is delivered by Adapt (NE) and one of 152 local Healthwatch organisations in England, in its fifth year of operation.

Healthwatch Northumberland listens to what people have to say about services and shares their views to make change happen.

David said: “These may be challenging times for health and social care nationally, but we are lucky that the picture in Northumberland is generally very good.

“Feedback from our last annual survey showed that over 90 per cent of people in the county rate the care they have received in the last 12 months as either satisfactory, good or excellent.

“Of course, there is always room for improvement.”

“With a newly formed staff team and board, local communities can be assured that we at Healthwatch Northumberland will continue to do everything we can to work positively with our health and social care partners to ensure that the people of Northumberland are at the heart of the services provided.”

Healthwatch Northumberland also offers a signposting service, helping people find out what services are available to them.