Worcester News Article – 28th January

On Friday 18th January we delivered a workshop to health and care students at Kidderminster College. The aim of our workshops is to increase students’ understanding of local health and care services and the importance of involving patients and the public, in addition to gathering their feedback about accessing services. We have used their feedback to inform work being carried out by Public Health in Worcestershire about prevention services for 0-19 year olds and our current work about mental health services for children and young people. Later this week we will be delivering a workshop to Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students at the University of Worcestershire.
Healthwatch England was set up at the same time as Healthwatch Worcestershire to provide national support to all the local Healthwatch in the country including Healthwatch Worcestershire. Healthwatch England’s role includes hoovering up information from the local Healthwatch across the country so trends in health and social care can be identified and raised as national issues. As an opportunity for us to raise issues Healthwatch England organises a reception every year at the Houses of Parliament which provides an opportunity for local Healthwatch from across the country to come together to meet their MPs. This year’s reception took place last Monday evening and we were delighted that Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire and Robin Walker, MP for Worcester were able to meet us there. We took the opportunity to discuss the quality of health care services being provided by our Hospitals at Worcester, Kidderminster and Redditch with them, and voiced our concern about the stroke service which I have written about in this article before. Whilst I appreciate those involved in planning and delivering the stroke service are trying hard to improve the existing service we wanted to make sure that our MPs are aware of the need for financial investment in the service that the NHS in Worcestershire tell us will be required to make the kind of improvements that patients need and deserve. We will be writing to the counties other MPs whose other commitments prevented them from attending the reception to share our views about the stroke service with them.
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