This briefing provides an update on:

* the final form of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in respect of Healthwatch

* national policy and practical aspects of Healthwatch not covered in the legislation

* latest information on funding of Healthwatch

* provisions local authorities must make for healthcare complaints and advocacy services

It will be of interest to elected Members and officers with a health and social care brief, particularly those involved in supporting the set-up of Local Healthwatch; members of Health and Wellbeing Boards; members of health scrutiny panels/committees and officers supporting them; and those with an interest in community engagement.

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