To ensure we hear from all parts of our local community, did you know we offer a Healthwatch Assist Engagement Grant to provide funding opportunities to community-based groups and organisations to help them carry out their own targeted consultations or surveys to identify emerging or existing health & social care issues within their local communities.
The feedback gathered is then shared with Healthwatch, who will ensure the voices of local communities are heard by those in charge of making decisions about services.
The Engagement Grant is available to all Healthwatch Assist Network members to apply for and applications are now open. Applications close Friday 30th September.
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.
Devon County Council are starting up a brand new health and social care group for the Learning Disability Partnership Board.
The council, alongside Devon Partnership NHS Trust and NHS Devon, would like to direct feedback, advice and ideas from those who use services to find out how they can make services easier to access and use.
Meetings will take place on Monday afternoons from 1 - 2:30pm.
If you're interested in joining the group or would like more information please contact the involvement team by email: Robert.Hawken@devon.org.uk or by phoning 01392380661
Impact & Outcomes Report
What people have told us about health and social care?
In our new Quarterly Impact and Outcomes report we share how your feedback is helping NHS and social care services improve care in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
In this report you can find out:
Which services people are telling us about
How people are feeling about health and care services
How Healthwatch are making a difference to care in your part of Devon
Real life experiences people have shared through our website feedback centres
How we have helped people get the information they need, and the difference that has made
Have you or your loved one struggled to get a GP referral for tests or treatment?
One concern Healthwatch have heard from the public is how hard it can be to get a GP practice referral to another NHS service. However there is currently little data about people’s experiences getting a referral from a GP.
We want to hear your experiences of trying to get specialist NHS support, like physiotherapy, talking therapies, hospital scans and consultations.
By sharing your story, we can use your feedback to help the NHS better understand your challenges and improve how people access the care they need.
Find out more on what a GP referral is and how to get one here
A kinship carer is someone who is raising a relative's friends child.
Kinship support kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward. They are currently developing a new peer support service across England and online.
This service will include:
100 new kinship support groups that will be both online and in person
A dedicated website and e-learning resources
Online information workshops designed for kinship families
Everyone is being invited to complete a survey which will help NHS England gain a better understanding of peoples’ experiences with, and perceptions of, Digital Technology and accessing Urgent and Emergency Care services.
Urgent and Emergency Care services support patients to receive the correct medical care as quickly as possible in both life-threatening and non-life-threatening medical situations.
The closing date for this survey is 30th September 2022. All answers are anonymous and will be treated in confidence.
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.