Worcester News Article – 5th October

We have now published the report on the findings of our Covid-19 survey. Over 2,400 people from across Worcestershire responded to our survey. People recognised the unprecedented challenges presented to health and care services by Covid-19 and were appreciative of NHS and care staff. Nevertheless, the findings from the survey have identified some issues that need to be addressed as we move forward into the next phase of reinstatement of NHS services. We have made a number of recommendations for local services in relation to information and support, access to services and mental health.

We have also published our Covid-19 Learning Disability and Autism Report. The experiences and feedback we received from over 100 people with a learning disability and Autism has highlighted the importance of ensuring information and communication is accessible and the impact of changes to routine and face to face contact on emotional wellbeing.

We will be holding our Public Board Meeting this Thursday 8th October at 10am via Zoom. In addition to discussing our Covid-19 reports and latest areas of work, we will be having a presentation from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Integrated Care Record Programme Manager about their plans for a Citizens Portal and Shared Care Plan. So please join us and take part.

Last week we held an online focus group with members of Out2gether LGBT+ support group to discuss the recommendations made in our recent LGBT+ report and the responses we have received from local NHS services and the County Council about how they plan to implement actions identified.

As always we have been taking part in local meetings including the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings for both health and adult social care, Worcestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, the local Cancer Alliance Board and a meeting to look at how Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust can engage with and involve patients in their new clinical strategy. We have also been able to attend two key national events online and raise questions directly with policy makers, including the NHS England Chief Executive.

Visit our website for further information about our Public Board Meeting, including joining instructions, to read our latest reports and share your experiences of local services in confidence – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

Or contact us on 01386 550264 / info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk