Worcester News Article – 2nd October 2017

Healthwatch England have recently undertaken a survey which showed that people wanted to give feedback about their local GP surgeries to help make care better, but many simply don’t know how. Healthwatch England are calling on GPs to make sharing feedback easier for patients.

The consultation by NHS England on which drugs and treatments should be made available on prescription continues. The consultation which started in the summer will see Clinical Commissioning Groups, which advise local GPs and other services, what should and shouldn’t be prescribed. Healthwatch England have done an online survey to find out what people think and the responses will be used to inform the NHS England consultation.

These are two examples of patient consultations Healthwatch are in currently leading on or supporting.

 Further information on the specific surveys outlined above and the wider work of Healthwatch locally and nationally can be found at #ItStartsWithYou and at www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been visiting groups including ASPIE, Friends of ASPIE and the NAS Companions Group to talk to people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and their carers. They have given us useful feedback about some of the difficulties they face in accessing health services and support and how this could be improved. We have also met with the Health Checkers from Speak Easy N.O.W.to discuss the best way for us to gather feedback from people with a learning disability as part of our work on NHS 111 and Autism.

Please visit our website to complete our current surveys on NHS 111 and Autism Spectrum Conditions online. Alternatively contact us for hard copies of the surveys, including Easy Read versions or to arrange for us to come and meet with your group to get your feedback.

 

If you require any further information on our work please contact us on 01386 550 264 or info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

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