Worcester News Article – 17th December

We took part in the recent Autism Strategy engagement event at County Hall, presenting the key findings from our Autism Spectrum Conditions report and highlighting the issues raised with us by people with Autism and their carers that need to be included in Worcestershire’s updated Autism Strategy.
We are continuing to gather feedback about experiences of accessing mental health support for children and young people. Following on from our work on Autism Spectrum Conditions we are particularly keen to gather feedback about experiences of accessing mental health support for children and young people with Autism. We have attended a number of the information roadshows run across the County by Worcestershire County Council, Families in Partnership and SENDIASS for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities, to encourage parents to share their experiences and complete our survey. We also attended the Bromsgrove Autism Parent Support Group to discuss their experiences.
Please contact us if you have any feedback about mental health services for children and young people or complete our online surveys for young people, parents and carers via links on our website or our Healthwatch Worcestershire Facebook page.
We recently visited HMP Hewell to get prisoners experiences of healthcare services within the prison. We met with a group of 5 prisoners who were newly trained Healthcare Champions. HMP Hewell now have a total of 12 Healthcare Champions who are trained to talk to prisoners about healthy eating, exercise and healthy minds. We had a conversation about what aspects of healthcare work well and what aspects do not work so well from their perspective.
Our next Public Board Meeting will be on Wednesday 9th November at 10am at The Civic Centre, Pershore. Further information and agenda will be available on our website – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk Please come along to hear more about our work and to take part in the Public Participation.
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