Worcester News Article – 18th November

As you will be aware the General Election will take place on 12th December. As a public body, we are required to take account of the rules and guidance relating to Purdah. This is the term used to describe the period of time before the general election when public bodies are limited in what they can do so they are not seen to favour one political group or interest. As the NHS will be a significant issue in the election, we have taken the decision not to hold any Public Board meetings or publish any reports.
We can however keep gathering your feedback about local health and social care services. Last week we launched our survey to gather feedback and experiences from the LGBT+ community in Worcestershire. The survey can be completed online via our website www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk Alternatively please get in touch if you would like any paper copies of the survey, copies of flyers to help us promote it or would us to come along to speak with a group.
As part of our LGBT+ work we will also be carrying out engagement with young people, by visiting youth groups around the county and running a young people’s survey via local colleges. If you are involved with a youth group or organisation who would like to get involved, please contact us.
Giving every child the best start in life is a key priority in Worcestershire. The NHS and Worcestershire County Council want to identify how they can increase access to and uptake of contraception, sexual health provision and pre-conception care. They are currently running a survey to gather experiences and feedback on this, which can be accessed via our website under – Take Part – Surveys & Consultations.
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