Worcester News Article – 15th July

On Wednesday 10th July our Public Board meeting had a packed agenda. We first welcomed our new Co-opted Board members to the meeting. Healthwatch Worcestershire (HWW) now have representatives from Young Solutions; Families and Partnership; Sandycroft; St Pauls Hostel and The Swallow Head and Neck Cancer Support Group sitting on our Board as volunteers. The role of the Co-opted Members is to bring the voice of service users and carers’ and to scrutinise the work of HWW.
During the meeting the Directors and Co-opted Members discussed and agreed HWW’s response to the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) merger proposals. We have fed back it is not clear from the information provided by the CCGs as to how the merger will impact on services for patients and the public in Worcestershire. As this implication becomes clear HWW will expect the new CCG to comply with its statutory responsibility to involve patients and the public as appropriate in a meaningful way. We have provided further feedback which can be found on our website.
The Directors and Co-opted Board Members also the agreed the continuation of HWW work on Safeguarding Homeless People with Care and Support Needs. Following the discovery of the death of Cardon Banfield in Worcester in July 2016 HWW has been enquiring into the safeguarding of homeless people with care and support needs. Since this time there have been five more deaths of homeless people. HWW will now consider the ‘crisis’ services that are available in Worcestershire for the homeless who are rough sleepers.
The report on our Fracture Clinic work which was carried out this Spring was agreed and published. The report detailing the work we carried out and our findings can be found on our website. We welcome the opportunity to continue work looking at Outpatients Departments across the three main hospitals in the County over the next year.
If you would like to know more 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