Having your voice heard

Ways to get involved, make sure your voice is heard, and help to improve local health services.


  1. Overview
  2. Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
  3. Health Watch South Tyneside
  5. Adult Advocacy
  6. GP Quality Checkers


The NHS wants you to be involved in the work they do.

You can do this by:

  • working with health and wellbeing services to make sure you are getting the best services to meet your needs
  • giving your feedback as part of a group to develop and evaluate services.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

The Patient Advice and Liaison service (PALS) provides information, advice and support about health-related issues.

See Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Health Watch South Tyneside

Health Watch listens to your views and experiences to improve health services.

Is also provides advice and support about health and social care issues and complaints.

See Health Watch South Tyneside.


SENDIASS provides free and impartial information, advice and support to parents, carers, children and young people with special education needs and disabilities.


Adult Advocacy

Adults with a learning disability can access the Adult Advocacy service.

The service can help you with problems your are facing, and help you to understand your rights and make sure your voice is heard.

See Adult Advocacy.

GP Quality Checkers

If you have a learning disability and / or autism, and are passionate about improving health services for others, you may want to think about becoming an NHS Quality Checker.

See GP Quality Checkers.