Other organisations working for patients
Below you will find links to organisations that work for patients in the following areas:
Have your say on how healthcare in your area is delivered
If you want to influence the delivery of healthcare in your area, there are arrangements to help you do so. The organisation you need to contact depends on which of the four UK countries you live in.
Healthwatch England is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. Local Healthwatch organisations begin work in April 2013. Until then, Local Involvement Networks (LINks) continue to help shape services. If you want to talk about your experience of health or social care, you should contact your LINk. You can find your local contact on the Healthwatch England website.
The Community Health Councils help ensure that your views and needs influence the policies and plans put in place by health providers in your area.
The Scottish Health Council is responsible for ensuring NHS Boards take account of your views when they make decisions about health services in Scotland. The Council has established offices in each NHS Board area.
The Patient Client Council is your independent voice on health and social care issues, helping to ensure that those who plan and manage healthcare hear your views.
There are many groups who promote the interests of patients and offer support. A selection of these groups and links to their websites are listed below. You may wish to contact them for advice or information.
Advocacy and advice
Representative bodies, charities and other groups
These links and links to other organisations can be found in our links section.
Health and social care regulators
There are 11 other health and social care regulators. They set the standards for and monitor health and social care professionals other than doctors, for example, dentists, osteopaths, and social workers.
For more information, view our UK health and social care regulators: who are they and what do they do? page.
Alternatively, you can download the leaflet 'Who regulates health and social care professionals?'. The leaflet is available to download in both English and Welsh.
NHS organisations promoting patient safety
The NHS organisations below promote patient safety. Click on the appropriate links to visit their websites and find out more: