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Healthwatch Blackpool have been nominated for a prestigious national award, for exploring the reality of accessing health and care for those experiencing homelessness. This piece of work has helped shape new pathways and pilot programmes of accessing healthcare across Blackpool.

Healthwatch Blackpool have been shortlisted under the Tackling Inequalities category in the Healthwatch Awards 2021, which are run by Healthwatch England.

This annual event celebrates the difference that Healthwatch’s 4,000 plus staff and volunteers across England have made over the past year. Healthwatch Blackpool is one of only 30 local Healthwatch out of a total of 152 across England to be in the running for one of the awards.

Healthwatch Blackpool will find out whether its award bid has been successful during Healthwatch Week, which runs from Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Beth Martin, Project Manager at Healthwatch Blackpool, said:

“We know that the past few years have been particularly difficult for many. At Healthwatch Blackpool, we wanted to ensure people experiencing homelessness were able to access health and care services when they needed it most. By listening to real stories and experiences of those in Blackpool, we were able to influence service design and share recommendations made by local people, who are best placed to give feedback.

I am delighted that our project work has been recognised, as our team have worked tirelessly to really understand the experiences of those facing homelessness in Blackpool. However, for our Healthwatch Blackpool team, the most rewarding outcome of this piece is the positive influence that local people’s views have had and continue to have on developments of health and care here in Blackpool. We would just like to say another huge thank you to all those who shared their story in order to make a difference. The positive impact from this project has been made possible because of you.”

Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair of Healthwatch England, said:

“This year once again the standard of entries for the Healthwatch Week awards was extremely high. Your local Healthwatch has been shortlisted because of excellent work which has really benefited your community.

“I am extremely proud of the inspiring dedication shown by our staff and volunteers to making a real difference for your community, whether that be by reaching out to those whose views are not being heard, helping people find the support they need or making sure NHS and social care services act on the improvements that you want to see.”

More information about the Healthwatch Week Awards shortlist can be found here on the Healthwatch England website.

For more information about Healthwatch Blackpool and how our team continue to support local people, visit our website at