Worcester News Article – 6th May 2019

Healthwatch has seen a busy couple of weeks out and about talking to local people about how the changes in the NHS Long Term Plan could be implemented locally.  The long term plan seeks to ensure the NHS is fit for the future and gets the most value for patients out of the taxpayers’ investment.  We are asking people for their views on how this can be achieved locally and what are the important considerations to be taken into account.  We have spoken to people in Malvern; Bromsgrove; Redditch; Worcester; Wychavon and the Wyre Forest and will continue these conversations until the end of May.  Thank you to The Wyre Forest MS Society for your valuable contributions.  Thank you also to Simply Limitless in Kidderminster and to those who took part for your experiences and ideas on Prevention and Health Inequalities.  If you would like to have your say on the NHS Long Term Plan you can complete and online survey here www.youconversationhw.nhs.uk or ring us on 01386 550 264 for more information.

Come and join us on Wednesday 8th May for our Public Board Meeting at Trinity Methodist Church in Kidderminster, 10am-12pm.  During this meeting we will receive a presentation from Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups about the Dementia Strategy, giving an update on all the engagement we have carried out on the NHS Long Term Plan and discussing our Annual Conference which will be held on 27th June at Sixways, Worcester.  Following this Public Board Meeting at 1pm we will be holding another Long Term Plan focus group.  If you wish to attend the focus group or for more details please contact info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or 01386 550 264 to book a place.  Lunch will be provided to those who attend BOTH events.

Over the summer months the Healthwatch team gets out to as many community events as we can to talk to people about who we, what we do and to gather people’s experiences.  If you have an opportunity for us to attend your event over the next few months, please do get in touch with the details.

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