Worcester News Article – 2nd July

Healthwatch Worcestershire

Worcester News health supplement

Last week we held our 5th Annual Conference and were delighted to see so many people attend.  We were able to share information about some of the work we have been doing in the last year and highlight reports we have produced on Care in the Corridor at Worcester Royal Hospital, NHS 111 service and Autism Spectrum Conditions.

We had a question and answer session with leaders from the NHS, Public Health and Social Care. Members of the public attending were able to pose questions directly to the panel.  One question enquired how we might use our community hospitals and large GP practice buildings to support and work alongside the Acute Hospitals?  The panel confirmed a commitment to continue working closely together via Neighbourhood Teams and better utilise existing buildings to treat people where they are best treated which is usually in their local communities and at home.  The aim is for people to only end up in hospital when they must be there.

Another question asked when we are likely to see outcomes improving in the hot spots of poor health and well-being in the County.  The Director for Public Health outlined the importance of community engagement and helping people to reconnect with their communities.  Many long-term conditions are influenced by our behaviours for example, how much we drink, what we eat and how much we exercise.  Connection to people and local groups can help us make different choices and improve our sense of well-being.

This week a Department of Health spokesperson stated that all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) should honour NICE Guidelines when buying services.  Sometimes these guidelines are not upheld, for example, when a single round of IVF treatment is provided rather than the recommended three.  Someone asked if decisions like this in Worcestershire were scrutinised, if they had to be justified and were they about financial savings?  The Chief Operating Officer for the CCG’s confirmed all decisions were scrutinised and never taken lightly and acknowledged how difficult it can be identifying local priorities.  £31 million needs to be saved this year which leaves the sad reality of hard decisions.

If you would like to attend one of our Public Board meetings we will be holding our next one at 10am on Friday 13th July at the Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT.

All our published reports are available on our website: www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

If you would like further information on our work or have an experience of health or social care to share with us in confidence please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk .

 

rating Officer for the CCG’s confirmed all decisions were scrutinised and never taken lightly and acknowledged how difficult it can be identifying local priorities.  £31 million needs to be saved this year which leaves the sad reality of hard decisions.

If you would like to attend one of our Public Board meetings we will be holding our next one at 10am on Friday 13th July at the Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT.

All our published reports are available on our website: www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

If you would like further information on our work or have an experience of health or social care to share with us in confidence please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk