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Your spotlight on local services

Healthwatch Stockton Champions

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees are the independent champion for people using local health and social care services, with its own legal powers and setting its own work programme to reflect the concerns of the local community.

We listen to what people like about services and what could be improved; we then share their views with those with the power to make change happen. We also share them with Healthwatch England, the national body, to help improve the quality of services across the country. People can also speak to us to find information about health and social care services available locally.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and social distancing guidance, which limits the engagement work that we are able to do, we are seeking pathways to strengthen communication. This is to ensure that those receiving health and social care services have their voices and views heard at such a crucial time.

The Healthwatch Champion Role:

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees are looking for volunteer Healthwatch Champions to engage with local community groups, services and individuals to identify issues faced when accessing health or care services in Stockton–on-Tees. The role includes elements of advocacy support to the local community to ensure that their voices are heard and escalated appropriately.

This work can also help to identify what is working well within service delivery and the sharing of best practices locally and nationally. These views can also be shared with those with the power to make changes within health and social care services.

The time and energy you give as a Healthwatch Champion will enable us to reach and talk to as many patients and carers as we can, whist you work remotely, within services as a provider, or as a member of the public. Making the most of your strengths and life experiences canalso make a real difference to the work we do and the lives of others.

Main Duties:

  • To identify and engage with hard to reach communities.  
  • To understand the needs of local people and groups.
  • Summarise and feedback on health or social care services in Stockton-on-Tees to help inform the Healthwatch Team work plan.
  • Having monthly contact with your members of the Healthwatch Team for updates and communications.

Skills and requirements:

  • Ability to listen and gather local information relevant to health and social care delivery.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to speak to members of the public and engage with hard to reach communities.
  • Understanding the needs of patients and carers.
  • Awareness of local health and social care services.

If this sounds like a role for you, please contact one of the team:

Email: healthwatchstockton@pcp.uk.net
Telephone: 01642 688312
Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees,
Catalyst House,
27 Yarm Road,
TS18 3NJ
Twitter: @HwStockton
Facebook: @HWStockton.on.Tees

Meet our Healthwatch Champions

Peter Mayes - Co-ordinator, Starfish Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

I work for Starfish Youth Employment Initiative, where we provide compassionate support and a community approach that offers young people choices to make positive changes to their lives and to take the next steps.

Starfish is linked with ‘wellbeing’ and has the experience to help people realise their unlimited potential, overcoming any barriers or obstacles that are getting in their way.

Research shows that by not having a career plan or focus on yourself, or by a lack of employment or training options are all well known to directly affect our wellbeing and mental health.

We show you that you have to realise that you are so important, you will do well and we will support and help all the way on you career planning, exploration and self-development.

I am looking forward to my role as a Healthwatch Champion for Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees.

Brian Jones - CEO, The Moses Project 

The Moses Project is a registered charitable company which provides guidance, mentoring and support to hundreds of adult males with past and current addictions to drugs and alcohol. The men usually live in chaotic circumstances and are suffering the consequences of long-term self-abuse.

We provide daily assistance with housing and benefits, introduce clients to positive lifestyles and provide not only one-to-one support but also regular team-building events and activities.

Mark Walker - Trustee, Teeside Dementia Link Services (TDLS)

Teesside Dementia Link Services is a charity based in the tees valley aiming to provide support to dementia sufferers and their carers, through support groups, activities and social events.

The relief of sickness and preservation of health of people suffering with dementia and their families and carers in and around the Teesside area.

Anthea Motson - Carer Experience Officer, Patient and Carer Experience (PACE) Team at Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)
Bright Minds Big Futures
Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF) is a nationally award-winning youth-led movement, working together with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to make the Borough a great place grow up. The group is managed by an elected panel of young people known as the Big Committee. Bright Minds Big Futures is a great way for young people to make friends, gain valuable life skills, increase confidence and be involved in making a real difference to the Borough of Stockton.
Netanya Alwis - Chair and Head of Community Safety 
Olivia Jessop, Head of Health & Wellbeing
Sophie Haste - Community Engagement Officer
Dr Mojgan H Sani - Chief Pharmacist & Director of Medicines Optimisation, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mojgan H Sani is an accomplished and innovative Chief Pharmacist & Director of Medicines Optimisation at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, with significant experience of working across acute hospital and interface settings.  She is passionate about transforming services to align with patient centred high quality care.  Her successful track record demonstrates achievements in quality and safety initiatives, financial efficiencies, patient engagement, service transformation, system wide engagement as well as collaborative work between the NHS and academia for improved patient care. 

Dr Mojgan pioneered the establishment of the role of consultant pharmacists as the first UK consultant pharmacist (Cardiac & Critical care) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Mojgan has attained a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, as well as Masters in Business Administration.  She has been appointed a visiting professor at several Higher Education Institutions for her expertise in Medicines Optimisation & Clinical pharmacy. 

In addition to her primary job, Dr Mojgan’s other roles have included CQC Specialist Advisor, Non-executive director roles, public governor, Healthwatch champion and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow.

Click here to find out more about North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Kim Peacock - Social Prescribing Link Worker for Yarm Medical Practice with Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND

Click here to find out more about Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND

Wendy Peacock - Director, Everday Language Solutions
Everyday Language Solutions Ltd (ELS) is a not for profit organisation that provides a comprehensive range of premium quality interpretation and translation services to the North East community and beyond. As a registered charity its aim is to support the promotion of good race relations and the elimination of discrimination through more effective communication. 
Mark Coleman - Chair of the Patient Participation Group at Norton Medical Centre
Stephanie Hogg - Disability Employment Advisor, Stockton JobCentre


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