The legislation will allow a Local Authority to directly contract a Local Healthwatch organisation, or, as it is now, have an arrangement to contract with a host organisation. Local Healthwatch could be organised by Local Authorities through organisations such as voluntary, charity, community, or private sector organisations.
Provisions will be made for Local Healthwatch organisations to cooperate with one another across boundaries.
In Herefordshire the Local Authority awarded the contract for Healthwatch delivery to: Healthwatch Herefordshire Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, not for profit, and the healthwatch contract is our sole business. The Local Authority monitor our progress against our contract outcomes throughout the year.