Healthwatch England is a national independent champion for consumers and users of health and social care in England; this includes representing children, young people and adults all over England.
Healthwatch England provides leadership, support and advice to the wider Healthwatch network, including the 153 local Healthwatch’s.
They have powers to ensure the consumers' voice is heard by those who make the decisions. They will tell government bodies and local authorities in England about their findings, and report to Parliament every year. They can also ask the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, to take action when they have special concerns.
Healthwatch England is a partner / subcommittee of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who provide support for services like finance, human resources and procurement. The CQC regulates all health and adult social care services in England.