HEALTHWATCH AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT ASSOCIATION (HAPIA)
HAPIA believes it is essential for Healthwatch to have a powerful and united voice and to create powerful local and national coalitions. It acts as a source of expert advice for its members, and works to influence Ministers and Civil Servants on health and social care issues.
- Campaigns for effective patient and public involvement and greater democracy in health and social care. It promotes the participation of Healthwatch members and other community organisations in policy debates and in consultations on quality, access and the provision of services.
- Encourages patients and GPs to collaborate to ensure that care provided in general practice is the best that it can be.
- Supports the development of Healthwatch as effective bodies which enable the public to monitor, influence and improve health and social care. It promotes democratic and accountable public involvement, which genuinely empowers patients, care receivers and carers to influence planners, commissioners and providers of health and social care, in order to achieve safe and effective services.
- Investigates and challenge health, social care and public health bodies that fail to provide or commission safe, effective, compassionate and accessible services. It will scrutinise the effectiveness of Healthwatch England (HWE), Local Healthwatch (LHW) and the Independent Advocacy Services (IAS) as vehicles for public influence, redress and improvement of health, social care and public health services, and examine the effectiveness of Healthwatch in relation to recommendations of the Francis Report.
- Communicate key messages and information rapidly and continuously to the Association’s membership and the media.
HAPIA is also committed to the Revalidation of Doctors
- Every Doctor practising in the UK is subject to regular checks to help improve the quality of patient care. The new system of checks - known as revalidation - is run by the General Medical Council (GMC) and marks the biggest change in how Doctors are regulated for more than 150 years. It promises to be the most comprehensive scheme of its kind anywhere in the world with the UK's 230,000 licensed Doctors expected to show they are keeping up-to-date and are fit to practise.
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