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Accessing services in Devon: Feedback from the Deaf community
In 2022, Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay held a series of meetings with the South West representative of the Royal Association for Deaf people to discuss various concerns that were being raised around access to British Sign Language (BSL) qualified interpreters.
These concerns include:
Interpreters to support appointments in hospital and GP surgeries
More than half of people with chronic and long-term conditions not asked to feed back about their care
More than half of people with chronic and long-term conditions are not asked to feed back about their care.
Healthwatch’s latest findings show that people with chronic and long-term health conditions often miss out on giving their feedback about care. As part of the Because We All Care campaign, Healthwatch are working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to change this.
Coughs and colds in children are common at this time of year and are usually relatively mild, but parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu, which can be much more serious.
All primary school children, and some secondary school children are eligible for the flu nasal spray this year, which is usually given at school by school nurses. Parents will receive a link to the online form from their child’s school. When invited by their school, parents must complete the online consent form for their child to get the flu nasal spray.
GP surgeries are also inviting children aged 2 and 3 years old and children with long term health conditions, for the nasal spray vaccination at their practices.
Stress less with TALKWORKS free NHS wellbeing workshops
Stress less with TALKWORKS is a two-hour workshop introducing you to a range of techniques to help you manage stress.
The workshop covers managing when worry is taking over your life; creating manageable routines and tips to help you get a better night’s sleep. The session is all about teaching you some basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and is led by two wellbeing practitioners who will talk you through the theory behind CBT and how to make manageable change.
These sessions are aimed at anyone over 18 who may be struggling with stress, worry, managing routines and sleep or for those who want to learn about basic CBT techniques.
Dates and times for the sessions are:
Friday 28 October – 12pm
Monday 7 November – 10am
Wednesday 7 December – 2pm
Tuesday 17 January – 12:30pm
Tuesday 14 march – 5:30pm
Tuesday 4 April – 5:30pm
Since it first launched 11 years ago, Stoptober has helped over 2.5 million people make a quit attempt. This year, the campaign is helping the nearly 6 million smokers in England build their confidence and give quitting a go.
Stoptober is the Department of Health and Social Care’s annual “stop smoking” campaign, coming under the umbrella brand Better Health. It is based on research that if smokers make it to 28 days smoke free, they are five times more likely to quit for good.
‘You’ve got what it takes to quit this Stoptober’ is the focus for this year’s campaign. As well as emphasising the benefits of quitting, the campaign will motivate smokers by instilling the belief that they can quit and that by joining Stoptober, they’ll have the support of the thousands of others who are making a quit attempt during October
The Short Breaks Project is working to improve the short breaks offer for disabled children and their families. Devon County Council are working closely alongside Parent Carer Forum Devon to host a series of coffee mornings for parents and carers so that you can talk directly to them.
Listening to feedback from families is fundamental to achieving successful outcomes for all. They would like to build on the work that families have been involved in so far by holding regular face-to-face sessions around Devon with Short Breaks Project team members.
Upcoming dates and locations for the coffee mornings are:
Tuesday 18 October - Online
Tuesday 8 November - Okehampton
Monday 14 November - Exeter
Tuesday 22 November - Newton Abbot
As spaces in the venues is limited, they are asking you to book a place if you would like to attend.
Have financial issues impacted your mental health?
Our Healthwatch Assist member, Punk Against Poverty CIC, are using the Healthwatch Assist Grant to conduct a survey on how poverty and/or money is affecting the mental health of Devon residents.
The survey is open for any Devon resident, and the results will be used to influence the services provided by Punk Against Poverty and similar provisions in Devon.
Punk Against Poverty supports local communities to take DIY approaches to life’s difficulties. They work to provide immediate help to people in our community struggling with poverty. They aim to tackle poverty and community issues through innovative grassroots schemes that involve and engage the community, and remind people of their worth in times when it can be easy to forget.
Youth Mental Health Foundation have been asked by Public Health Devon to lead a Task and Finish group that represents parents/guardians, carers and siblings of people who self-harm or who have self-harmed across Devon.
They have used their Healthwatch engagement grant to develop a questionnaire to gather information from groups affected by self-harm across Devon to contribute towards this.
In order to produce the most accurate Health Needs Assessment for self-harm across Devon, they need as many voices as possible involved.
The survey is open to any parents/families/carers of people of self-harm, and also to professionals working in this area.
The survey takes 5 -10 minutes to complete and is open to all residents of Devon. It will be running until Saturday 15 October 2022.
SignHealth are a passionate and caring Deaf-led team working towards a future where there are no barriers to good health and wellbeing for Deaf people, they partner with the NHS and service providers across the country.