Worcester News Article – 26th July

Last week we held an online Public Board Meeting. On the agenda was a report on the findings from our recent survey looking at people’s concerns about having a Covid-19 vaccination. Our findings showed that along with concerns about the effects of the vaccine itself, people raised a number of practical issues, including location of vaccination centres, being unable to attend during working hours, the online booking process and language barriers. We have been passing on the feedback to the NHS and Public Health in Worcestershire on an ongoing basis to ensure they are able to take action to address the issues and concerns that people have.

Worcestershire County Council is currently reviewing and updating their all age carers’ strategy – Carers at the Heart of Worcestershire’s Families and Communities. They would like to hear from unpaid carers about what their aspirations and goals are and what they think should be included in the strategy. They have created a short survey for carers to complete online, which can be found on the Adult Carers page of the Worcestershire County Council website.

We have participated in a wide variety of meetings over the last two weeks, including Worcestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Panel, Continuing Healthcare Communications Working Group, Autism Partnership Board, Youth Engagement Network, Covid-19 Outbreak Control Engagement Group, Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust’s Board meeting, the Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Board AGM and a meeting with the Local Medical Committee who represent GPs. It is our role at these meetings to champion the voice and feedback of patients, services users, carers and communities. We are always keen to hear about your experiences of services to help us do this. In particular we would currently like to hear from people who have cared for someone who has passed away over the last year in a hospital setting. We would like to know about the quality of care they received at the end of life. This will help us to feed into work being done locally around end of life care, so please get in touch.

You can report feedback to us anonymously via the Tell Us page of our website www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or contact us at info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or 01386 550264.