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Local Healthwatch - Hospital Discharge Survey
Local Healthwatch across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey are looking at the quality of discharges from local hospitals of patients in 2016.
Your replies to our survey will be used as part of a report about the quality of hospital discharges, any after care you received and about your stay in hospital.
All information and comments will be used anonymously and any comments will not identify any patient.
The report will be made public and sent to the relevant organisations with a view to improving the services.
Members of the Public - Volunteering with us
Healthwatch Bracknell Forest is recruiting members of the public to join the team of volunteers who help promote and carry out Healthwatch Bracknell Forest activities and functions. You know your neighbourhood; you have relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues and a whole network of contacts who you could ask for their ideas about how to improve services for everyone. You are the local experts!
Joining the Healthwatch Bracknell Forest team will give you a great opportunity to help make a real difference to delivering service improvements and benefits for communities across Bracknell Forest.
We are currently recruiting for two roles, you maybe intrested in one or both of them.
Community Champion - Community Champions help to promote Healthwatch Bracknell Forest and its work within the local community. This could involve running a promotion stall at a local event, collecting the views from people you meet at your clubs and groups, delivering leaflets and posters to places such as local GP surgeries and, in some cases, delivering a small presentation to a local group.
Authorised Representative (Enter and View) - One of the statutory powers Healthwatch Bracknell Forest has is ‘Enter & View’. Representatives, ideally in groups of three (professional, expert patient and lay member) can enter and view health and social care facilities and services. This may be because we have been invited by the service provider or because members of the public/partner organisations (such as the Care Quality Commission - CQC) have highlighted areas of concern.
For further details please see the application packs below.
Your application can be returned by post or by email, we look forward to receiving your application.
Video - Anna Bradley, Chair of Healthwatch England is interviewed by Shana Pezaro, a service user from Brighton, about why the Healthwatch network has been set up and how it will make a difference.
Healthwatch Bracknell Forest is run by a Project Management Board which is made up of representatives from the consortium organisations (The Ark, Just Advocacy, Kids etc.) There are also 3 public representatives on this board who are elected annually.
This year Healthwatch Bracknell Forest asked for people to nominate themselves before midnight on Friday 1st April 2016. This opportunity was promoted on our website, social media accounts and emailed to all contacts.
3 nominations were received, we asked members of the public for objections to these nominations, none were received and these members became our public representatives at our public meeting held on 12 April 2016.
Community and voluntary sector organisations
Healthwatch Voices is a network for community and voluntary sector organisations to share their experiences and issues with health and social care services in Bracknell Forest. The information collected forms part of our overall work plan and is fed back to providers and commissioners of both health and social care services.
Healthwatch Voices Aims to:
Represent and input the views of local people, including young people, the elderly and harder to reach people in the community
Provide constructive comments and feedback of issues raised
Discuss and raise priorities and issues that you would like Healthwatch Bracknell Forest to action
Distribute and gather information
Help shape and develop information being gathered and have direct input into health and social care priorities for all in Bracknell Forest
To join the mailing list please signup your organistaion here.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
What is a JSNA?
The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is the means by which Public Health assess the current and future health healthcare and wellbeing needs of the local population in Bracknell Forest. It is an assessment of local, current and future health and social care needs that could be met by local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the NHS and other partners. It will inform Bracknell Forests’ Joint Health and Wellbeing Board, which has a duty and responsibility to identify key priorities to improve the Health and Wellbeing for people living in Bracknell Forest. The Health and Wellbeing Board produces a health and wellbeing strategy which is based on the needs identified within a JSNA.
General Osteopathic Council - Patient and Public Partnership Group
The General Osteopathic Council work with the public and osteopathic profession to promote patient safety by registering qualified professionals, and setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct.
Would you like to be involved in developing information for patients and the public?
Are you interested in standards of osteopathic practice?
The Patient and Public Partnership Group enables them to work more closely with patients to improve their services, better protect the public, and provide patients and the public with the information they need about osteopathic practice.
A scam is any unwanted e-mail, letter, telephone call or visitor who make false promises if they are given money in some way. Some examples are:
fake lotteries, prize draws or sweepstakes
clairvoyants (someone who says they can tell you your future), computer scams and romance scams
The criminals try and trick people with flashy, important looking documents or websites and are very convincing! They will always ask for money in some way: either a money payment, or to post something or make an expensive phone call. Doorstep Scams are also crimes carried out by bogus callers and rogue traders who call, often uninvited, at people's home pretending to be official businesses.
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK! People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.
If you access this link, scroll down and select the first blue circled called ‘Friends – find our more’, it will allow you to access a really useful and interactive short online learning module (the green rectangle). It is good fun and informative at the same time so please spread the word, spread your awareness and make people safer!
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Consultation
NHS England has launched a consultation on five service specifications for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) Tier 4.
These specifications have been developed with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public representatives. This approach has ensured that the views of stakeholders have informed the development. NHS England is undertaking a formal 90 day public consultation and we will also be hosting a series of webinars and face to face events in the New Year.
The closing date for responses is 28 February 2017.
Accessible Information Standard Review
Accessible Information Standard - Making health and social care information accessible
From 1st August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.
The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand and with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.
A review by NHS England to assess the impact of the standard and to ensure ‘fit for purpose’ is currently underway.
There are three surveys aimed at different groups:
Please take the time to share this information as widely as possible and to have your say before the deadline of 10th March 2017. If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or patients / members of the public can call 0300 311 22 33
Consultation on draft Equality Scheme 2017-20
Bracknell Forest’s vision for equality and diversity is to represent, serve and employ people as equals, valuing the diversity of their contributions and aspirations, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Bracknell Forest Council believe that tackling inequalities provides a strong foundation for cohesive and confident communities.
They have produced an updated Equality Scheme for 2017-20 which replaces the ‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 2012-16 (extended for 2016-17 due to the development of the new Council Plan 2015-2019 .) They are very keen to hear your thoughts on these objectives and any equality issues and actions you feel need addressing.
They regularly review the changing needs of our communities to ensure they provide fair and appropriate access to services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the residents and diverse communities. The new scheme responds to the changing needs of people in Bracknell Forest and ensures they are getting their priorities right.
They are proud of the progress and service improvements that they have made as a result of the delivery of the previous equality schemes. They look forward to continuing our journey of improvement in reducing inequalities and maintaining high levels of cohesion through the implementation of this scheme.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is calling for young people aged 14 and over and BME groups to complete their anonymous survey, please tell them about your experience and/or knowledge of the local health services.
Disabled people becoming foster carers
Shaping Our Lives is applying for funding to do a study into the experiences of disabled people who have been foster carers or have applied to become a foster carer but have been unsuccessful.
This is because a large number of disabled children are fostered and we feel that disabled people are under-represented as foster carers.
They are interested in finding out about:
Whether fostering services are inclusive of disabled people interested in becoming foster carers
If there are barriers to becoming a foster carer
Hearing from disabled people who have been foster carers and the outcome
Please contact Eamon on email@example.com if you would be happy to share your experiences or complete the survey