Worcester News Article – 17th June

Healthwatch Worcestershire’s Directors and staff attend many meetings run by the NHS to keep up to date with what is happening to services locally and to ask questions. At last weeks Acute Trust Public Board Meeting we had an early insight into the current findings of the Care Quality Commissions (CQC) inspection of the hospital services at the three main sites in Worcestershire. It was refreshing to see the CQC papers in public, as in past we have had to wait several months before seeing any comments from them. Their early observations and findings are a ‘mixed bag’ of good things and things that need improving. Healthwatch will wait for the final published CQC report before making a definitive comment. The CQC are still carrying out further inspection duties over the next few months and we await the final rating around Autumn time.
Have you had your say on the future of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs)? The CCGs are looking to hear your views on creating a single CCG for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. There have been a number of drop-in events held across both Counties with two more in Herefordshire this week. There is also a consultation available to complete online here bit.ly/HWmerge. The consultation closes on 30th June.
We still have some places available at our Annual Conference on Thursday 27th June at Sixways Conference Centre, Worcester. Come along to find out about the work of Healthwatch Worcestershire over last 12 months and have your say and help us shape the priorities in our new Business Plan. You will find out what patients and the public have told us about the
Long Term Plan and its implications for health services in Worcestershire. There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our Panel of leaders of Worcestershire’s health and care services. If you would like to come please contact us on 01386 550 264 or email admin@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk to book a place. Booking is essential.

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