Worcester News Article – 27th January

We were pleased to have a good turnout for our first Public Board Meeting of the year in Redditch. Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust attended to report on their recent Care Quality Commission’s inspection report, which led to a lively discussion. The quality of Acute Hospital services in the County is a key issue for us, which we will continue monitor and encourage people to share their experiences with us.
Healthwatch Worcestershire has chosen to become a member of Working for Carers which offers advice and guidance to employers on how best to identify and support unpaid carers within the workplace. We recognise how the difficulties and stress of juggling caring and work responsibilities leaves many people feeling they have no choice but to leave or change their jobs. More information about how you or your organisation could get involved can be found on the Working for Carers website – www.workingforcarers.co.uk
There are a number of engagement opportunities over coming weeks around the future of local mental health services. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has received funding to transform community mental health services across the two counties. They are organising engagement events for people to share views and ideas on 5th February in Martley and 7th February in Kidderminster. For more information contact Jane de Ville on jane.deville@nhs.net or call 01905 681844.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP are also currently developing a Mental Health Strategy covering all services for children and adults across both counties. They have now developed a draft strategy and are holding engagement events to gather further feedback. The Worcestershire event will be held in Worcester on Thursday 27th February. For more information please contact the CCG Engagement Team directly on 01905 681956 or email worcs.engagement@nhs.net
We have been continuing engagement as part of our LGBT+ work, at the Out2Gether AGM and LGBT+ youth groups at the Hub in Bromsgrove and the Cube in Malvern. We also ran a workshop with health and social care students at Kidderminster College about the importance of user involvement in services.
Please visit our website to complete our LGBT+ surveys or get in touch to share in confidence any experiences and feedback about local health and care services –
Contact us at info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or 01386 550264