Worcester News Article – 24th September

The last couple of weeks have been busy for Healthwatch Worcestershire. On Friday 14th September we held a Public Board Meeting in Evesham Town Hall. The Board and members of the public enjoyed an informative presentation by West Midlands Ambulance Service and had an update on our work, including Stroke Services and Prescribing.
It was great to attend the 10th birthday celebration of Worcester Afro Caribbean Association. It was really good to see so many people in the room enjoying the speeches, poems, food and music that the Association had organised. The Group is all about bringing people of different cultures together and the event certainly reflected that.
We attended a meeting with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body which inspects health and care services. The meeting looked at changes that may result from the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which is being debated in Parliament at the moment. This Bill will change the way assessments are carried out for people who do not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care. We also discussed what the role of the CQC might be as health and care systems join together in the future. It was really useful to look at these topics with a mix of people including care home and social care providers. We also heard about the Live Music in Care challenge, the CQC and Live Music Now encouraged care homes to make music to celebrate the last night of the Proms, for people living in care (including people living with dementia), music participation can help make life more meaningful and joyful, so this was a great initiative.
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
For details of our upcoming meetings and events we will be attending, as well as further information about our work and reports, please visit our website –
www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk