Healthwatch Lincolnshire has the power to Enter and View providers, to observe matters relating to health and social care services.
The Enter and View activity for Healthwatch Lincolnshire involves visiting any publicly funded health and social care services in Lincolnshire, we visit so that we can see what is going on and to talk to service users, their relatives and carers, as well as staff.
Every local Healthwatch across the country has a legal responsibility to carry out an Enter and View programme. Enter and View is not an inspection and our team are not inspectors like the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
We are charged with collating the views and experiences of the people receiving care, friends and relatives.
Spotlight for 2015/2016
- Local Medical Practices
- Mental Health Services
- Out of Hours Provision for Health
- Residential Care and Home Care services
Reason for Visit Themes
We work closely with other partners as well as listening to the views and experiences of local people, these themes inform how we will visit services.
During March we will be visit 4 GP practices around the county.
During April and May we will visit more GP practices.
June and July we will look to visit out of hours services.
How does it work?
- Step 1
We arrange a visit with the service and prepare our visiting team with relevant information.
- Step 2
On an agreed date, our trained enter and view representatives spend time at the location, talking both to people receiving care and those providing it.
- Step 3
We write and publish a report here and share it with the organisation involved, as well as the CQC, Healthwatch England and any other interested parties.
Previous Enter and View visits
Mostly recently we have visited the 3 Lincolnshire Hospital Sites (Lincoln, Boston and Grantham) to look at how discharge from hospital is managed, this piece of work was driven by local and national intelligence which led us to take an independent view of hospital discharge.
All our previous visit reports can be found here
Authorised Representatives as at Dec 2018
Dr Brian Wookey, Healthwatch Board Member with Enter and View Lead Responsibility
Nicola Tallent, Senior Engagement Officer with Responsibility for Enter and View & Specialist Cases
Current E&V trained volunteers are;
Healthwatch related documents can be found here
If you want to know more about our Enter and View programme, please contact Nicola Tallent, 01205 820892 or firstname.lastname@example.org