Getting Involved

There are various ways for you to get involved in your local health and social care services.  These include: 

Service User Focus Group 

The Service User Focus Group is made up of people who use Adult Social Care services and their carers. 

The Group meets approximately 4 times each year.  They talk about what is happening in the department and give their views on various topics, including direct payments and public information.

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Leigh Keeble in the Standards, Engagement and Development Team by


Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion created to gather a represent the views of the public.  It works to help people get the best out of services by listening to local people and working to influence the delivery and design of local services.  You can find you more information and how to get involved by going to the Healthwatch Hartlepool wesbite

Voice for You

Voice for You is a learning disability self-advocacy group.  The group meet on a regular basis and work to ensure that people with a learning disability are involved in service design and delivery.  For more information and to get involved contact

The Learning Disability Partnership Board

The Learning Disability Board brings together lots of people to work on making things better for people with learning disabilities and their families.  The Board meet every other month to plan and decide what needs to happen to make the lives of people with a learning disability better.  If you would like more information or to get involved contact

The Mental Health Forum 

The Hartlepool Mental Health Forum is a sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Board.  The function of which is supported by Healthwatch Hartlepool, who have a locally elected Chair (Zoe Sherry).

The Forum is open and has representation from a number of statutory, private and voluntary organisations as well as people who use services.  The forum was instrumental in pulling together a joint Mental Health Strategy (CCG/LA) and is responsible for monitoring the actions.  The group has held a number of information, advice and awareness sessions as well as supporting the WTFC review, which led to the joint strategy.

The forum are signed up to the principles of the Crisis Care Concordat and updates are presented to the Forum for consideration.  Work to date included input into the Mental Health Peer Report, hosting of several Mental Health events and development of a Joint Mental Health Plan. 

Dates of all meetings etc are on Hartlepool Now, with a copy of the Mental Health Report.  

You can find out more ideas of ways to get involved in your community on Hartlepool Now.