WHO WE ARE
Hywel Dda Community Health Council (CHC) forms a local link between those who run the National Health Service in Wales and those who use it. Hywel Dda CHC has 36 (12 per county) Full Members and can also co-opt extra non-voting members, consisting of volunteer representatives of the local community. All members, excluding co-opted members are appointed by the Minister for Health and Social Services with one quarter nominated by the Local Authority, one quarter from the Voluntary sector and one half selected directly by the Minister.
CHCs are the independent consumer council for the NHS. They were set up in 1974 to monitor and review the operation of local health services and to recommend improvements. CHCs have a legal duty to represent the interests of the patient and the public in the NHS.
WHAT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL DOES
- Monitors the quality of local service
- Makes suggestions for improvements in the standard of health care
- Acts as the patients' advocate by giving advice, information and assistance when making a complaint
- Listen to your comment
HOW DOES YOUR COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL REPRESENT YOU?
- Listening to public and patient views
- Visiting and inspecting hospitals and other health service premises
- Undertaking independent surveys to find out the views of the patient and the public
- Involving people in local consultations
- Responding to consultation on changes to local health services
- Recommending improvements to local services