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Operations Manager

Margaret Cane

Information & Signposting Officer

Lorraine Camp

Engagement

Julie Clark & Fazilla Amijee

Young Healthwatch Coordinator

David Laming

Healthwatch Medway,
Second Floor,
Kingsley House,
37-39 Balmoral Road,
Gillingham,
Kent,
ME7 4PF

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  • Healthwatch visits Rainham Mark Grammar school

    25th October 2017

    Medway Healthwatch's Margaret Cane and David Laming visited Rainham Mark Grammar school to discuss with various students from years 10 to 13 the big issues regarding young people. The four topics discussed were: Mental Health Sexual Health Domestic abuse Family and relationships We engaged with the students to find out what there views were on the issues faced by many young people across Medway and Nationwide. The whole point of the visit was to ensure that young people are aware of the service we provide and to give the students who took part an opportunity to voice there concerns. The overall report of the event was positive and students expressed strong views on the issues faced. You can read the full report of the event here: Rainham Mark.pdf Thank you to RMGS for the opportunity to come in and speak to your students! ...

  • Give Your Views on Services in Medway

    18th July 2017

    Tell us your views on the future of health and care in Medway Medway Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to a series of engagement events to help shape the future of local health and care in Medway. We are holding two public engagement events focusing on the provision of...

  • Speaking up helps improve care for sheltered housing residents

    7th July 2017

    An elderly resident, who lives in sheltered housing, waited for over four hours for an ambulance after a fall. she remained on the floor, anxious and in pain, as safety protocols would not allow staff to lift her. The sheltered housing Manager, contacted Healthwatch to share...

  • Four ways GP practices can become dementia friendly

    7th July 2017

    Find out how Healthwatch has been showing GP practices how small changes can make a big difference to patients’ experiences of visiting the doctor. There are around 850,000 people who live with dementia in the UK, and this figure is expected to rise to over a million by 2025. As more people are...

  • WE'RE RECRUITING - OPERATIONS MANAGER

    9th May 2017

    WE'RE RECRUITING - COULD YOU BE OUR NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER? Operations Manager Competitive Salary, Dependent on Experience (22.5 hours per week) Gillingham, Kent Following an organisational restructure, Healthwatch Medway is looking for a dynamic and experienced person to step into the role of...

  • MEDWAY PROJECT WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SOCIETY, THANKS TO FUNDING

    3rd April 2017

    Press Release: MEDWAY PROJECT WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SOCIETY, THANKS TO FUNDING A PROJECT aimed at increasing awareness of dementia and battling the stigma of the disease will continue, thanks to funding secured by Citizens Advice Medway and Healthwatch Medway. Medway...

  • Back at Medway Hospital

    24th March 2017

    Following a break over the festive period, we are back carrying out our listening events at Medway Hospitl iving you the opportunity to share your experiences of the hospital and other local services with us. We want to hear from you! We will be carrying out fortnightly listening events...

  • New NHS target aims to improve your experience of leaving hospital

    24th March 2017

    The Government has published what it wants the NHS to deliver over the next 12 months, including a new target to reduce the delays people can face when leaving hospital. We look at this and other issues you have helped us raise with the Department of Health and that the NHS will be focussing on....

  • HEALTHWATCH MEDWAY TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HOSPITAL TO SUSTAIN IMPROVEMENT FOLLOWING CQC RATING

    17th March 2017

    PRESS RELEASE: HEALTHWATCH MEDWAY TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HOSPITAL TO SUSTAIN IMPROVEMENT FOLLOWING CQC RATING HEALTHWATCH Medway is pleased that Medway Maritime Hospital has been recommended to come out of special measures following the release of the CQC report. The CQC’s report,...

  • Making the most of the information you share with us

    6th February 2017

    Every day, local people across Medway share their experiences about health and care with our staff and volunteers.         What happens to the information that is collected from the public? Once we discover an issue, we create reports to...

  • NHS wants to know if you find care information accessible

    6th February 2017

    Since August 2016, NHS health and social care services have been required by law to ensure their communications are accessible to all. Now, six months on, NHS England wants to hear what difference the Accessible Information Standard has made to your experience. The Standard exists to make sure...

  • Healthwatch Medway Launches GP Surgery Survey

    28th November 2016

    Healthwatch Medway is launching its GP Surgery Survey and we want to hear from you about your experiences at your GP surgery. We are going to be carrying out 'Enter and View' visits at GP surgeries across Medway and so we can be sure that we receive an accurate account, we want to hear about...

  • Could a soft drinks levy help child obesity? Have your say

    19th August 2016

    Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. The Government has put forward a plan of action to tackle this issue by reducing the amount of sugar in food and drinks and by...

  • NHS England has published the Implementation Plan for the Mental Health Five Year Forward View.

    3rd August 2016

    THOUSANDS of children and adults of all ages with conditions such as psychosis, depression and anxiety will be among the first to benefit from improved services as work starts on a major transformation programme for mental health care. ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental...

  • MPs call on Government to address delays in discharging older patients

    25th July 2016

    The Committee of Public Accounts urges new measures to tackle scale and cost of delays in discharging patients from hospital. Read our response. A new report from the Committee of Public Accounts has found that there is a ‘poor understanding of the scale of discharge problems’ and an...

  • The CQC’s report into integrated care for older people

    15th July 2016

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England. In its report, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, it warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors,...

  • Celebrating the work of the Healthwatch network

    25th June 2016

    The Healthwatch network exists to make health and social care services work for the people who use them. We hear fantastic examples from local Healthwatch every week about the great work they are doing to ensure that people’s views are heard. Each year we take the opportunity to celebrate...

  • Director – Geoffrey Bowden on latest TV speaking about CEO Paul Sutton’s resignation at SECAmb

    1st June 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdodSSiPDN0&feature=youtu.be ...

  • Better care in my hands: A review of how people are involved in their care

    Better care in my hands: A review of how people are involved in their care

    25th May 2016

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a report into the extent and quality people’s involvement in their health and social care based on new analysis of CQC’s national reports and inspection findings and on national patient surveys. ...

  • Alzheimers Society FIX Dementia Care Campaign

    Alzheimers Society FIX Dementia Care Campaign

    20th May 2016

    Alzheimer’s Society Fix Dementia Care Campaign has launched a report which investigates the quality of NHS health care provision, both primary and secondary, for people with dementia. The report consists of stories of people with dementia and carers and families. The report includes quantitative...

  • Helping people in care homes access activities that will improve their health

    17th May 2016

    What is meaningful activity ? According to NICE guidance, meaningful activity includes physical, social and leisure activities that are tailored to each person’s needs and preferences. The Alzheimer's society has also found that such activities are vital for older people in care...

  • Healthwatch responds to plan to get general practice back on its feet

    17th April 2016

    Healthwatch responds to plan to get general practice back on its feet NHS England revealed its plans to fund an additional £2.4 billion per year for GP services by 2020/21 to help improve patient care and access. The 'General Practice Forward View' includes practical steps to support...

  • Community Pharmacists

    17th March 2016

    What do people think of community pharmacists? This is the question the Department of Health asked as part of their current consultation exploring ‘The Future of Community Pharmacy’. As part of our work to understand people’s experiences of primary care services, we have explored the...

  • How can the internet help you stay healthy?

    15th February 2016

    People are increasingly turning to online tools to help take greater control of their own health and care. Here we share some of the resources that people are using to find the information they need. There are a number of ways that the internet can help support your health and wellbeing. ...

  • What are people's top five health and care issues for 2016?

    17th January 2016

    What are people's top five health and care issues for 2016? news article 1. Mental health services Access to and the quality of mental health services has been raised as a priority by more than half of local Healthwatch, making it the number one issue for 2016. Collectively local...

  • Get fit, stay hot, sweat it out

    14th January 2016

    Membership options Join today! Contact your nearest sports centre, call our memberships team on 01634 336655 or email membership.support@medway.gov.uk Get fit. Stay hot. Sweat it out - Join now and pay nothing until February 2016. Premier membership - £39.95 per month Unlimited access to...

  • Make Your Voice Heard

    13th January 2016

    Local Plan 2012 - 2035 The council has started work on a new Local Plan, which will replace the 2003 Medway Local Plan. This will be a single document, containing strategic level and development management policies, land allocations, minerals and waste, and a policies map. The...

  • Time to Take Healthwatch Medway Seriously!

    8th January 2016

    Time to Take Healthwatch Medway Seriously!  CATH FOAD, Chair of Healthwatch Medway, responding to the CQC report into Medway Foundation Trust has spoken out after the release of the inspection report on Medway Hospital. “Healthwatch Medway is the voice of patients throughout the...

  • Peoples Top 5 issues for Health & Social Care

    31st December 2015

    What are people's top five health and care issues for 2016? The work of the Healthwatch network is shaped by the concerns that local people raise with 152 local Healthwatch. Our annual survey of health and care priorities reveals the five top issues for 2016. Everything Healthwatch says and...

  • NHS mandate emphasises need for services to learn from complaints

    18th December 2015

    Following a public consultation to which over 130,000 responses where received, the Department of Health has now published the NHS mandate. Read the Government’s response here. The NHS mandate sets out the Governments ambitions for the health service. The new mandate includes the...

  • Anna Bradley stepping down as Chair of Healthwatch England

    17th December 2015

    The Department of Health has today started advertising for a new chair to lead Healthwatch England through the changing landscape of health and social care. The Department of Health has today started advertising for a new chair to lead Healthwatch England through the changing landscape...

  • What help do you need to look after your health in the future?

    What help do you need to look after your health in the future?

    8th December 2015

    What help do you need to look after your health in the future?  This is the question Healthwatch England asked members of the public to explore in-depth at the workshops ran last summer. Read our new report on how people want to play a bigger role in looking after their own health and care and...

  • What issues do mothers face when accessing the GP?

    30th November 2015

    We asked one group of mothers in Gillingham for their perspective. One of the main ways that people interact with the NHS is through primary care services, such as their GP. Most people are satisfied with the care they get but they also think there are things that could make services even...

  • 10 top tips to get the most out of your GP appointment

    25th November 2015

    We know from our conversations with the public that some patients report feeling rushed during appointmentsand struggling to make themselves heard.  As appointment times can be limited, in several areas local Healthwatch are promoting tips that could help you get the most out of visiting your...

  • Plans for a more patient-focused health service welcomed

    29th October 2015

    With the public wanting more control of their own health and care, we welcome Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans to increase patient power. In a speech at the Health Service Journal, the Secretary of State for Health announced a number of measures including giving people access to ‘Ofsted’...

  • NHS England working to improve communication with people who are transgender or non-binary

    21st September 2015

    In May 2015, we raised outstanding concerns about the lack of communication and information for transgender people and patients. We also raised our concerns about people facing considerable delays in waiting times for assessment and surgery and workforce issues including a lack of specialist...

  • Celebrating the Healthwatch network's success

    1st September 2015

    The remarkable contribution local Healthwatch across the country have made to health and social care at a local and national level has been marked at the Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2015. The achievements of 37 local Healthwatch were recognised on the first day of the network’s...

  • Care cost cap delayed by government until 2020

    Care cost cap delayed by government until 2020

    21st July 2015

    Care cost cap delayed by government until 2020 news article A proposed cap on the cost of care of £72,000 for over-65s and young adults with disabilities that was meant to be introduced in 2016 has been postponed until 2020. The cap was due to be introduced following recommendations...

  • Healthwatch network visits to local services increase by 300%

    20th July 2015

    Healthwatch network visits to local services increase by 300% news article In the last 12 months local Healthwatch have been out in their communities putting on engagement events in libraries and supermarkets, visiting health and care facilities and running public surveys Collectively they have...

  • Ten ways to give patients confidence in how their data is shared

    Ten ways to give patients confidence in how their data is shared

    23rd June 2015

    Ten ways to give patients confidence in how their data is shared news article In 2014, after a quarter of the local Healthwatch network raised concerns over NHS England’s attempts to explain the care.data programme, the programme was paused. Care.data aims to make better use of...

  • Helping those with mental health conditions find the support they need

    Helping those with mental health conditions find the support they need

    5th June 2015

    Helping those with mental health conditions find the support they need news article One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. Finding the right information about services that can help is not always easy. We spoke to volunteers from Healthwatch who have worked to change...

  • Gap in regulation of care services putting vulnerable people at risk

    19th May 2015

    Gap in regulation of care services putting vulnerable people at risk news article Concerns about the lack of quality assurance and regulation of certain social care services including ‘supported living environments’, day care centres and care support provided in people’s own homes have been...

  • Patchy complaints support is putting vulnerable people at risk

    13th April 2015

    Care home residents and other social care users struggle to get the support they need when it comes to complaining about the quality of care they receive. Under the Government’s health reforms all 152 local authority areas have a duty to provide an independent support service for those looking...

  • Disabled people struggling to access GP appointments

    13th March 2015

    Access to primary care services including GPs, dentists and opticians is the public’s number one health concern, according to the local Healthwatch network* A study of 550 GP practices and feedback collected from 11,000 patients reveals that, despite overall satisfaction with primary...

  • Healthwatch Ambassadors Launch

    3rd March 2015

    Healthwatch Medway Ambassadors Improving the health & wellbeing of local people through joint working with services is one of the many responsibilities of a local councillor—this makes the local councillors  within Medway  natural ambassadors for Healthwatch Medway. We are...

  • Patchy complaints support is putting vulnerable people at risk

    Patchy complaints support is putting vulnerable people at risk

    10th February 2015

    Care home residents and other social care users struggle to get the support they need when it comes to complaining about the quality of care they receive. Under the Government’s health reforms all 152 local authority areas have a duty to provide an independent support service for those looking...

  • Don't blame patients for bed crisis

    4th December 2014

    New stats out  show a significant rise in the number of ‘delayed transfers’ of people between hospitals, care homes and community services. In October the number of cases increased by 19 per cent to 4,936 compared to 4,147 last October. Whilst there was a slight reduction compared to last...

  • Get involved: NHS England Pharmaceutical Services Regulations Committee

    1st August 2014

    NHS England is responsible for commissioning local pharmacy services across Kent and Medway and for ensuring all patients have access to these services.  We are looking for a member of the public (a lay member) to join our Pharmaceutical Services Regulations Committee (PSRC) and to give an...

  • Have your say: Mental Health Support and GPs

    28th July 2014

    Rethink are looking at the support that is available for people who need mental health care. Rethink want to know, via an electronic survey, what people think about the mental health support that is provided by or could be by a GP practice. To find out more about the survey to do with mental...

  • Medway Dementia Friends Champion Training

    21st July 2014

    Medway Dementia Friends Champion Training is happening on 14th August 2014. A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of...

  • Roll Out Of Friends and Family Test to all NHS Services

    21st July 2014

    NHS England today took the next step towards expanding the Friends and Family Test (FFT) to all NHS services. The roll out of the FFT will mean every patient will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the services they have received, enabling the public to make better informed choices...

  • Have your say: Ofsted Integrated Inspections

    21st July 2014

    Ofsted has launched a consultation to do with running integrated inspections. Under proposals published by Ofsted, from April 2015, Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, and where appropriate, Her Majesty’s...

  • Have your say: National Institute of Health Research

    18th July 2014

    Opportunity for members of the public to get involved in an advisory committee/panel at the NIHR Are you interested in health research? Do you have experience of working in committees/groups? Do you have experience of patient and public involvement? Do you have...

  • Have your say: about hospital discharge or leaving care

    18th July 2014

    Have your say about your experience of hospital discharge or leaving care via Healthwatch England online survey. You can access the survey here: http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/thenwhat/your-story ...

  • Have your say: Medway Council Health and Wellbeing Survey (parents)

    17th July 2014

    Medway Council are running a survey to find out from parents in Medway what support and ideas parents have to do with: Bringing up children in Medway  Supporting their child to live a healthy lifestyle For more information about this survey or to take part in the survey go...

  • Have your say: Affordable Childcare For All

    17th July 2014

    Hot on the heels of Contact a Family's research on the Childcare Affordability Trap for families with disabled children, a House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare has published its call for evidence. What is the Committee looking at and why? The Chairman of the...

  • Have your say: Neurological Alliance patient experience survey

    17th July 2014

    The Neurological Alliance is the collective voice of more than 80 neurological charities and patient groups in England. They would like people to complete it's patient experience survey. The patient experience survey aims to collect vital information about the experiences of care received...

  • Have your say: Medway Speakers' Corner

    17th July 2014

    Medway Speaker's Corner aims to promote free speech and open dialogue across Medway. A wide-ranging group of Medway organisations and people have come together to create the Medway Speakers’ Corner project which aims to provide new opportunities for local people to express and debate their ideas...

  • Depression: Asking the Right Questions (ARQ) project

    17th July 2014

    I would like to draw your attention to the Depression: Asking the Right Questions (ARQ) project. This is a national public survey on depression, which is seeking the views of anyone affected by depression, in order to inform future research.  Depression ARQ is a...

  • Four in ten social services users have as much social contact as they want

    15th July 2014

    Among adults who receive social services, 44 per cent say that they have as much social contact as they want with people they like. The figures are part of a collection of statistics on social care in England in three provisional reports published by the Health and Social Care Information...

  • Have your say: Children's Commissioner Consultation on Children's Rights in Education

    11th July 2014

    Today the Children's Commissioner launched a national consultation on how the education system can best promote & protect children’s rights.  For more information about this consultation please see here: http://bit.ly/1r2yRfl ...

  • Have your say:consultation on Future of Local Government Ombudsman

    11th July 2014

    Have your say by taking part in a consultation on future of Local Government Ombudsman.   Details of this consultation can be found here: http://bit.ly/1jiVlWI  ...

  • Public Accounts Committee - New reports on adult social care

    10th July 2014

    Today the Government's Public Accounts Committee published new reports to do with Adult Social Care in England (HC 518 as Sixth Report of Session 2014-15). You can see the reports here:  Report: Adult social care in EnglandReport: Adult social care in England (PDF)Inquiry: Adult social...

  • CQC finds Medway NHS Foundation Trust inadequate + recommends it stays in Special Measures

    10th July 2014

    England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has recommended that Medway NHS Foundation Trust remains in special measures until urgent improvements are made at Medway Maritime Hospital. The recommendation follows the publication of his first report on the quality of care...

  • Have your say: Awareness of the NHS Consititution

    10th July 2014

    The Patients Association is conducting a research project to understand public awareness of the NHS constitution and we hope you can help us.  Whether you’re aware of the NHS constitution or not, the Patients Association want to hear from you via a short questionnaire that should take no...

  • NHS England announce plans for a 'radical new health and social care integration option'

    9th July 2014

    Press release (9/7/14) from NHS England to do with plans for a 'radical new health and social care integration option'.  High-need individuals to be offered ability to control their own blended NHS and community care, in partnership with voluntary sector. The NHS will offer local councils...

  • Fundamental standards for health and care providers

    8th July 2014

    The government has announced legislation which introduces fundamental standards for health and social care providers. Subject to parliamentary approval, they will become law in April 2015. The new measures are being introduced as part of the government’s response to the Francis...

  • Have your say: weekend care

    8th July 2014

    NHS Improving Quality's (NHSIQ) 7 Day Services Team are looking for patient stories of good care at weekend. If you would like to share your story and have your say on this email 705@nhsuq.nhs.uk  NHSIQ is was established on 1 April 2013 and it's role is to improve health outcomes for...

  • We are at Medway NHS Foundation Trust Today - Pop up Listening Event

    8th July 2014

    We have a 'pop-up' Listening Event today at 10-2pm at Medway Foundation Trust Maritime Hospital - do come and share your experiences of health / care services in Medway  http://www.medway.nhs.uk/ ...

  • Have your say: Monitor survey on NHS hearing loss services

    8th July 2014

    Monitor want to find out more about how choice is working in NHS adult hearing services in England. This is an opportunity to tell Monitor about your experiences and to share your views on whether the interests of patients are well served by the current arrangements for adult...

  • Have your say: changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice (1983)

    8th July 2014

    The Mental Health Act Code of Practice (1983) informs health practitioners’ decisions, protects patients’ rights and ensures that the Mental Health Act is followed.  The Code tells families, carers and people who are detained, treated or released under the Act about care and support...

  • Healthwatch Medway Vacancy - Manager

    7th July 2014

    Healthwatch Medway is looking for a dynamic and experienced person to step intothe role of Manager to deliver Healthwatch in Medway. For more details of this paid vacancy see the advert HERE and Recruitment Pack HERE  ...

  • Have your say: EPIC Young Peoples Advisory Group

    7th July 2014

    The young peoples advisory group 'EPIC' are looking for more young people who have something to say about Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilies support. For more information see here: http://bit.ly/UTL9sZ ...

  • National Transplant Week 7-17 July 2014

    7th July 2014

    National Transplant Week 2014 is taking place from 7 – 13 July. The theme will be encouraging more people than ever before to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and to tell their family they want to be a donor. For more information about this awareness week and this issue see...

  • Your feedback is making a difference - POCU

    7th July 2014

    Based on your patient feedback about Medway NHS Foundation Trust services their Pre Op Care Unit (POCU) is being redesigned to ensure a better patient environment and experience.  To see a quick peek at the changes that are happening follow this link: pic.twitter.com/fLCbCYbTem ...

  • World Mental Health Day 2014

    7th July 2014

    Celebrating World mental health day in Medway Each year around World Mental Health Day we try and raise awareness about mental health. It is also a time to celebrate the recovery journeys people make each day, every small step counts! The next World Mental Health Day will take place...

  • Medway Mental Health Event for carers and service users: 16 July 2014

    2nd July 2014

    Details of event: Medway Council and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to a service user and carer event to look at health and social care priorities for mental health services.Date: 16 July 2014 Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm  Venue: Brook Theatre,...

  • Healthwatch Medway Annual Report 2013/2014

    30th June 2014

    Healthwatch Medway today submitted it's 2013/2014 Annual Report to Healthwatch England. You can download a copy of the report here Alternative versions the report can be requested via: info@medwayhealthwatch.co.uk ...

  • Have your say: NHS England consultation: specialised services clinical commissioning policies

    26th June 2014

    NHS England has today (25 June 2014) launched a three-month public consultation on a number of clinical commissioning policies for specialised services. The four policies will be open to a 12-week formal consultation period, closing on September 17. View details of the consultation...

  • New Priorities for Care Launched

    26th June 2014

    A new approach to caring for dying people based on the needs and wishes of the person and those close to them has been launched today and welcomed by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb. It takes the form of five new Priorities for Care which succeed the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as the new...

  • Have your say:Ofsted consultation for residential holiday schemes for disabled children

    19th June 2014

    Have your say on a consultation document on Ofsted’s proposals for a revised framework for the inspection of residential holiday schemes for disabled children.  Ofsted are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to,...

  • Have your say: Ofsted social care surveys

    19th June 2014

    Ofsted’s social care online questionnaires for children’s homes, fostering services, adoption agencies and residential family centres are now open and available for completion until 30 June 2014. Ofsted really want to hear from children and young people, adults who use services,...

  • Have your say: Ofsted Residential Family Centres

    19th June 2014

    Have your say by contributing to Ofsted’s proposals for a revised framework for the inspection of residential family centres and the assessment of the impact of introducing such proposals.  Ofsted are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or...

  • Have your say: Help shape the future of the HSCIC 'Adult Social Care Survey'

    18th June 2014

    Have your say on health and social care issues by taking part in a consultation run by the Health Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC consultation is all about possible future changes to the Adult Social Care Survey for 2014-2015 and beyond.  The Adult Social Care Survey...

  • National Care Home Open Day 2014

    18th June 2014

    Over 200 inspectors and staff from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are expected at care homes across the country on Friday 20 June to mark this year’s National Care Home Open Day.   With just a few days to go, National Care Home Open Day offers an ideal opportunity for members of...

  • Learning Disability Week 2014

    15th June 2014

    We all start out imagining the same special firsts - because we all want the same things from life. Love. Acceptance. To feel valued and free. People with a learning disability should have the same opportunities throughout every stage of their lives - and the same life-changing firsts as everyone...

  • Have your say: NHS Health Education Patient Advisory Group members wanted

    12th June 2014

    Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason alone: to help improve the quality of care delivered to patients by ensuring that the future workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours to meet patient needs today and tomorrow. Health Education England are committed...

  • Have your say - Engage 2014 - Invitation from South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks and Clinical Senate

    12th June 2014

    Engage! 2014 A workshop for patients, carers and the public in Surrey, Sussex and Kent - Encouraging innovation in how Cancer I Stroke I Heart I Renal I Diabetes I Mental Health I Dementia Neurological Conditions I Maternity I Children I Young People Services are provided now and...

  • Have your say: NHS Call to Action: Eye care

    12th June 2014

    NHS England are pleased to announce the next important stage in NHS England's Call to Action with the launch of the “Improving eye health and reducing sight loss – a call to action” on Thursday 12 June 2014.  NHS England want to stimulate debate both nationally and in local...

  • SECAmb launches learning disability alert card

    12th June 2014

    South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is launching a series of alert cards designed to support people with learning disabilities. The card aims to assist people with a learning disability by informing people about their condition and how they might be helped. A...

  • Have your say: Abbey Court School Consultation

    12th June 2014

    Don't forget to have your say about Abbey Court School expansion and relocation consultation.  Details here: http://www.abbeycourt.medway.sch.uk/32/latest-news/article/42/abbey-court-expansion-and-relocation ...

  • Have your say: focus group at Medway Foundation Trust Maritime Hospital - Individualised End of Life Care

    11th June 2014

    Medway Maritime Hospital is currently piloting a new individualised End of Life Care Plan to support the care of dying patients and those closest to them. They would like to invite you to take part in a public Focus Group with the aim of exploring the new document and providing...

  • Have your say: consultation on the NICE safe staffing in accident and emergency departments

    11th June 2014

     NICE have been asked by the Department of Health and NHS England to produce guidelines on safe staffing in the NHS, and accident and emergency departments is one of a number of topics that NICE is currently undertaking.  NICE has been asked to conduct a review of available evidence on...

  • Project Medway

    9th June 2014

    ‘Project Medway’ was launched last week and CVS Medway was delighted to have been chosen to lead a consortium of four partners to deliver support services to the voluntary sector, social enterprises and volunteering organisations across Medway. The new partnership comprises Medway Youth Trust...

  • Have your say: NHS Health Education England

    9th June 2014

    Passionate to ensure the patient voice is present & powerful? Apply to be part of NHS Health Education England's Patient Advisory Forum: details of this opportunity can be found here: http://ow.ly/xnH6M  ...

  • NHS Health Check: Mobile Units in Medway

    9th June 2014

    If your age is between 40 and 74, having an NHS Health Check can pick up the symptoms of serious conditions before they become more serious. In Medway, health check teams are visiting different locations in order to make it as easy and convenient as possible for people to have their health check....

  • National Care Home Open Day 20 June 2014

    9th June 2014

    On June 20th 2014, thousands of UK care homes will be opening their doors to welcome the public, connect residents with their local communities, and change perceptions of care homes for good. Just click here to find a home near you and see what they’re planning for the big day!  ...

  • From The Pond Into The Sea: Children's Transition To Adult Health Services

    9th June 2014

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Review - published today  This review found that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. The transition process can be a vulnerable time for young people and their...

  • Have your say: got a skin, hair or nail condition? Clinical Commissioning Groups want your views on local services

    9th June 2014

    Local clinical commissioning groups want to know people's views of skin, hair or nail(also known as dermatology) services. A questionnaire is being distributed in local clinics to find out what patients think and is also available online here:...

  • Have your say: Medway Patient Participation Groups

    9th June 2014

    The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients registered with the surgery who have no medical training but have an interest in the services provided.  The aim of the PPG is to represent patients' views and cross barriers, embracing diversity and to work in partnership with the...

  • Have your say: Care Act 2014: how local authorities should deliver care and support

    6th June 2014

    The Department of Health is seeking views on how local authorities should deliver the care and support reforms in the 2014 Care Act Find out more and have your say. The government has worked with individuals and organisations to develop the most comprehensive overhaul of care and support since...

  • Think Local, Act Personal Partnership Agreement 2014-2017

    5th June 2014

    Think Local, Act Personal Partnership (TLAP) is a national partnership of more than 30 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. The partnership spans: central and local government,the NHS,the provider sector,people with...

  • Health and Care News in the Queens Speech on 4th June 2014

    5th June 2014

    The Queen’s Speech 2014 covered the following areas: small business, enterprise and employmentNational Insurance Contributionsinfrastructurepension taxprivate pensionschildcare paymentsmodern slaverysocial action, responsibility and heroismservice complaintsserious crimerecall of...

  • Carers Week 2014

    5th June 2014

    Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign which takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by raising awareness of carers at a national, regional and local level. Hundreds of organisations and...

  • Have your say: Medway Patient Participation Groups

    5th June 2014

    For over forty years many switched on GP practices have been working in mutual partnership with their patients ensuring the voice of the patient population is heard through Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) - the first groups were started by GPs in 1972. ...

  • Have your say: Draft Strategic Framework on improving health & wellbeing of gay men, bisexual men and MSM

    5th June 2014

    Public Health England’s vision is to deliver a Strategic Framework that will promote the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM), enabling MSM to enjoy fulfilling social and sexual relationships and live healthy lives. In developing this Strategic Framework, Public...

  • Countdown to National Care Home Open Day 2014 is on

    5th June 2014

    Over 100 inspectors and staff from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are already signed up to join in the celebration of this year’s National Care Home Open Day on Friday 20 June. With just over two weeks to go, National Care Home Open Day offers an ideal opportunity for members of the public to...

  • Have your say via NICE Committees

    22nd May 2014

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. NICE committees and working groups are made up of health, social care and other professionals and practitioners, patients, service users, carers and members of...

  • new patient and carer representatives to join the National Peer Review Programme.

    22nd May 2014

    The National Peer Review Programme are looking for new patient and carer representatives to join the National Peer Review Programme. Why get involved? You can use your experience as a cancer patient or carer and make a vital contribution to improving cancer services. You will be fully integrated...

  • Dementia Friendly Week - 18-24 May 2014

    19th May 2014

    This week (18-24 May 2014) is Dementia Friendly Week. This year’s Dementia Awareness Week is all about opening up. It is about making sure that anyone who’s concerned about dementia has someone to talk to about it and doesn't let their feelings 'bottle up'. More information is available about...

  • Care Bill becomes Care Act 2014

    16th May 2014

    The Care Act represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support. For the first time, the Act will put a limit on the amount anyone will have to pay towards the costs of their care. And, crucially,...

  • Medway Engagement Group And Network Event

    14th May 2014

    Medway Engagement Group and Network (MEGAN) provides opportunities for mental health service users, past and present, to share their views and experiences of mental health issues and services and participate in local service planning and development. They offer peer support through...

  • Mental Health Awareness Week - Anxiety Aware Event

    9th May 2014

    Are you anxiety aware?  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 between 12-18 May an 'Anxiety Awareness Tea and Chat Taster' event will be taking place on Wednesday 14 May 2014 between 12.30-3.30pm at Medway Council's Mental Health Community Resource Centre, 147 Nelson Road, Gillingham,...

  • Car Park Concessions at Medway Maritime Hospital

    8th May 2014

    At the Healthwatch Medway 'pop up' Listening Event yesterday we received a lot of feedback about the Maritime Hospital car park. As a result of this feedback, which Healthwatch Medway would like to share with people information about the parking fee concessions that are available.  You can...

  • MPs demand “outdated” PHSO is transformed into a “people’s ombudsman”

    28th April 2014

    In “Time for a Peoples’ Ombudsman”, published Monday 28 April 2014, the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) calls for a “People’s Ombudsman” and says the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), which investigates complaints against the NHS and other government...

  • End of Life Profiles Published for Clinical Commissioning Groups

    28th April 2014

    PHE’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) has published end of life care profiles for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for the first time. The profiles draw together a wide range of information to give an overview of variations in cause and place of death, by age and...

  • Feedback from the SECAmb Event held in Medway now available online

    28th April 2014

    In March 2014 the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) held a public engagement event in Medway. Notes and presentations from this event can now be found online HERE ...

  • Have your say: children's social care functions

    28th April 2014

    The Government is seeking views on proposed regulations to give local authorities greater freedom in how they provide social services to children. For more information about this consultation and to 'have your say' click HERE ...

  • U-turn over human rights protection for home care

    28th April 2014

    People receiving state-funded care in their own homes will now be given additional protection by the Human Rights Act, ministers have conceded following pressure from the Liberal Democrat side of the government. For more information about this issue click HERE ...

  • Your views wanted: Suicide Prevention App

    28th April 2014

    Grassroots Suicide Prevention has developed a prototype UK-based suicide prevention app with some funding from a silent partner and Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust.  They are in the consultation phase and need your help to make sure they get the content right.  If you wish to take...

  • Making Medway a Dementia Friendly Community

    28th April 2014

    Event on: 21 May 2014, 10am – 12.30pm at Priestfields, Gillingham, ME7 4DD Medway Council and NHS Medway CCG would like to invite you to a stakeholder event as part of our activity to support Dementia Awareness week this May. The event will be an opportunity for you to: * ...

  • Patients In Control Survey - Have your say

    28th April 2014

    The NHS in your area is working with patients and family carers in identifying, what would help them to manage their own care more effectively. We’d like to get as many views as possible, to get a real sense of what’s important to patients and carers, so we’re starting with this questionnaire to...

  • Healthwatch Medway Newsletter

    16th April 2014

    The Healthwatch Medway e-newsletter has been sent out by email today. A copy of the Healthwatch Medway e-newsletter - easy read version, can be found HERE and full version of the e-newsletter that has been sent out by post (to those people who requested this format) can be found HERE. The...

  • Don't forget the CQC Listening Event to do with Medway hospital in Medway on 23 April 2014

    15th April 2014

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will soon carry out an inspection at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. You can tell them what you think about care at the Trust at the following listening event: Wednesday 23 April 2014, 6:30pm - The King Charles Hotel, Brompton Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5QTTo...

  • Public services need to learn about handling complaints - according to a report by MPs

    14th April 2014

    Public services still need to learn lessons from the Stafford Hospital scandal on how to handle complaints, says a committee of MPs. Concerns about failings at the hospital - expressed by patients and local doctors - were ignored. The Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) wants...

  • Older people in NHS care might be "suffering in silence" according to the Parlimentary and Health ombudsman for England

    9th April 2014

    Older people might be "suffering in silence" under NHS care because they are reluctant to complain about the care they receive, the parliamentary and health service ombudsman for England has said. Dame Julie Mellor believes over-65s either fear a backlash if they raise issues...

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) inpatient survey 2013 results

    9th April 2014

    Inpatient survey 2013: National summary73.39 KB The results tables include comparisons with findings from the 2012 survey and identify statistically significant changes. Inpatient survey 2013: National tables327.71 KBResults for NHS trusts These results show how trusts performed on questions that...

  • Have your say: new consultation about how the Care Quality Commission regulate, inspect and rate services

    9th April 2014

    Between Wednesday, 9 April and Wednesday, 4 June 2014 the Care Quality Commission want to find out what people think about how they are planning to change the way the Care Quality Commission regulate, inspect and rate care services.  The changes include things like: what the Care...

  • New Disability Rights and Marie Curie Survey - End of Life

    8th April 2014

    Disability Rights UK is working with Marie Curie to research the end of life experiences of disabled people.   Disability Rights Uk are running a key survey on their web site to which you can now contribute.  Marie Curie are also hosting four focus groups in each of the...

  • Carers of terminally ill miss out on vital support, new UK research reveals

    8th April 2014

    Families are not getting the support they need to cope with the overwhelming demands of caring for someone with a terminal illness, findings from new research by the University of Edinburgh Primary Palliative Care Research Group, NHS Lothian, Voices of Carers Across Lothian and Marie Curie Cancer...

  • Carers Week 2014

    8th April 2014

    Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign which takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they...

  • Carer benefits for pensions

    8th April 2014

    According to CarersUK, If you are in receipt of the basic State Pension you usually cannot be paid Carer’s Allowance. However you may still be able to get some extra money in recognition of your caring role. The rules around this are very complicated. State Pension and Carer's Allowance are...

  • Why Do We Need a Men's Health Forum?

    8th April 2014

    Men’s health is unnecessarily poor. 40% of men still die prematurely (before the age of 75). Male death rates are significantly affected by social deprivation: men who are defined as unskilled have a life expectancy of under 73 years, over seven years fewer than professional men, and in certain...

  • Have your say on whether police have the appropriate powers on mental health

    8th April 2014

    The government is reviewing the operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales to make sure that the legislative framework offers the right support for people at the right time. These parts of the legislation give the police powers to temporarily remove...

  • Department of Health needs your experiences of mental health services

    8th April 2014

    The Department of Health is looking for 2 people who have experienced mental health problems to join the Mental Health System Board. Their role will be to make sure the voice of people with experience of using mental health services are represented at the heart of policy and delivery. The Board...

  • New campaign about complaints

    7th April 2014

    Many people don’t complain because they find it hard or think it won’t make a difference.  A new campaign has been launched to help people who want to complain about government or health services. The campaign has been launched by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The campain...

  • NICE volunteers wanted for their group on antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral medicines used to treat or prevent an infection

    7th April 2014

    NICE is seeking applications from patients, parents and carers to sit on the guideline development group - antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral medicines used to treat or prevent an infection. The closing date for applications is 5pm, 11th April 2014. Please see this webpage...

  • Have your say - EU survey on telecare and services in the home

    4th April 2014

    THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IS INTERESTED IN LEARNING YOUR VIEWS ON … 1. Services in the home (like mobile phones, the internet, telecare, or personal health monitors) which provide support for independent living, or which communicate with the doctor, nurse or other care professional. — Can...

  • Have your say:What's most important to children & young people with complex lives?

    4th April 2014

    National Voices and the Think Local Act Personal partnership, have published this draft document to express two things: what is most important for children and young people who have complex lives, andhow they think different services should work together to support them. When we say...

  • Latest news from the Care Quality Commission's Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

    2nd April 2014

    Andrea Sutcliffe is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. She leads the CQC inspections of care homes and other social care services and is developing the way CQC inspects, regulates and monitors them. You can find out the latest news about some of the CQC...

  • Have your say - on how NICE assesses drugs and other technologies for the NHS

    2nd April 2014

    NICE is beginning a public consultation on proposed changes to the way it makes recommendations on new medicines and other treatments for use in the NHS. NICE assesses the clinical and cost effectiveness of new technologies to help ensure that patients have access to effective...

  • Have your say - NICE guidance on people moving from children to adult services

    2nd April 2014

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care are looking for applications from service users and carers to be part of the group that will develop guidance about moving from children's to adult services for young people using health...

  • Have your say - about cirrhosis

    2nd April 2014

    The Public Involvement Programme and the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) are looking for applications from patients or carers to be part of the group that will develop a clinical guideline for the assessment and management of Cirrhosis. Members of this group will...

  • Have your say - about sepsis

    2nd April 2014

    The Public Involvement Programme and the NICE Diagnostics Assessment Programme team are looking for applications from patients and carers with specific knowledge and experience of sepsis to sit on the NICE Diagnostics Advisory Committee as a specialist member to...

  • Patient Safety Event - Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Science Health Network (KSS PSC).

    2nd April 2014

    The Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Science Health Network are holding 2 free engagement eventss on the issue of Patient Safety.   The events are open to patients, carers and  There are 2 dates and 2 venues for the same event, Travel costs will be refunded. The 2 engagement...

  • Care Quality Commission - Medway NHS Foundation Trust

    1st April 2014

    Chief Inspector of Hospitals asks people to tell him about the care provided by Medway NHS Foundation Trust England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Medway NHS Foundation Trust. Their views...

  • Mental Health Matters at University - have your say

    31st March 2014

    A National Union of Students (NUS) study conducted in May 2013 shows that one in five students consider themselves to have a mental health problem. As part of the work being undertaken (by Brent Mind the Guardian) to understand this issue more, they are looking for people who want to share...

  • New report calls for 'NHS Membership Fee'

    31st March 2014

    People should be charged a £10 monthly membership fee for using the NHS alongside hotel-style charges for hospital stays, according to a new report. Co-authored by former Labour health minister Lord Warner, the study called for radical changes to how the NHS is funded. Under the proposals,...

  • Audit reveals variation in use of pain relief for hip fracture

    31st March 2014

    Almost half of all hip fracture patients in England are being denied NICE-recommended pain relief as part of their care, audit results reveal. Between 70,000 and 75,000 hip fractures occur each year among people at an average age of 83 years old. This figure is likely to rise in the future as...

  • Calling all scientists - what is it like being you?

    31st March 2014

    Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you? What motivates scientists and what pressures are they under? What effects are funding, publishing and governance systems having on the production of high quality, ethical scientific research? Is competition in science a good thing? These are...

  • New research from NCB on the role of Independent Reviewing Officers

    31st March 2014

    High quality provision for children in care yet to be realised by Independent Reviewing Officers Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs)1are prevented from realising high quality planning for children in care due to the challenges of making the role work in practice, according to a research study...

  • Improving Wheelchair Services

    31st March 2014

    Wheelchairs enable many people to live fuller lives, yet the wheelchairs services provided by the NHS often fall short of meeting the needs of wheelchair users.  In an attempt to redress that, NHS England is working with others to improve the way in which they can support all wheelchair...

  • CQC Listening Event in Medway to do with Medway Foundation Trust

    28th March 2014

    The Care Quality Commission would like to invite you to attend the public listening event which will take place on Wednesday 23 April 2014 - 6.30 – 8pm at The King Charles Hotel, Gillingham.   The Listening Event is part of the Care Quality Commission's inspection of the Medway...

  • Healthwatch Medway Mailing List

    26th March 2014

    This is to let you know the Healthwatch Medway Newsletter will: 1.  Be coming out soon 2.  Include lots information about Healthwatch Medway (including volunteering opportunities) Healthwatch Medway believes it is really important for people to have choice in their lives...

  • Top 10 tips for co-production

    26th March 2014

    A new useful one page document with 10 useful-tips for co-production can be found HERE  The words ‘co-production’ is increasingly used to describe new types of public service delivery in the UK, including new approaches to adult social care.  It refers to active input by the people who...

  • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

    25th March 2014

    The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £40,000 to disabled people who are planning to stand for election. The grants help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability. Without this...

  • Disability Charity Produces Easy Read Version of the Budget

    24th March 2014

    Disability charity United Response has published an easy read summary of last week’s budget speech.  Using simple words and images, the publication aims to make the Chancellor’s announcement more accessible to the 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK. To see this easy...

  • Public Health England Commits to new TB strategy and new consultation

    24th March 2014

    o mark World TB Day Public, Health England (PHE) is today launching its collaborative tuberculosis (TB) strategy for consultation, aimed at bringing together best practice in clinical care, social support and public health to strengthen TB control. The strategy...

  • Bite-size guides to support patient and public participation in the NHS

    21st March 2014

    NHS England has developed some bite-size guides to support patient and public participation in the NHS.  These guides are linked to the Transforming participation in Health and Social Care guidance (published September 2013).  The guides have been developed with partners and by...

  • Have your say - Medway CCG Lay Member – Patient and Public Involvement

    21st March 2014

    An exciting opportunity exists to join the Governing Body of Medway Clinical Commissioning Group as a lay member for Public and Patient Involvement. This lay member brings specific expertise and experience about patient and public involvement, as well as their knowledge as a member of the local...

  • New Healthwatch England survey into making complaints

    21st March 2014

    Healthwatch England is conducting a survey to better understand people's experiences of health and social care complaints and make sure the Government uses them to improve the way complaints are handled and support that people are offered. Healthwatch England are hoping to learn what it is like...

  • Health Select Committee - Complaints

    21st March 2014

    The Health Select Committee has decided to take further evidence about the complaints procedure in health and care services. To keep updated with news in this area click HERE ...

  • Care Quality Commission Q & A session

    21st March 2014

    Recently, the Care Quality Commission asked their followers on Twitter to ask James Titcombe questions about the work of the Care Quality Commission.  James Titcombe is CQC's National Patient Safety Advisor A video was made showing James answers questions about his recent event with...

  • Young people need more support in the criminal justice system finds new report

    21st March 2014

    Young adults in the criminal justice system need better help for their mental health to prevent problems getting worse, says a briefing published on 19th March 2014 by Centre for Mental Health. The briefing, published as part of the independent Bradley Commission, shows that almost all...

  • Medway Child Health Profile 2014

    21st March 2014

    Medway Child Health Profile 2014 has just been published by Public Health England Child Health Profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally. By using the...

  • Supreme Court Ruling - Deprivation of Liberty

    21st March 2014

    The Supreme Court has which found that severely disabled people cannot be deprived of their liberty without proper safeguards, even if their living arrangements are benevolent. The case, in which the Commission gave expert evidence and made submissions on human rights and equality law, involved...

  • New Medway Consultation - Hot Food Takeaways

    21st March 2014

    In Medway it is estimated that 30 per cent of adults and 20 per cent of children (at ten years old) are obese. As part of reducing the number of obese people in Medway - Medway Council is looking hot food takeaways and the effect these have on obesity. As part of this work, Medway Council...

  • Kent Police Satisfaction Survey - have your say

    21st March 2014

    Kent Police are running a survey to find out what people think of their service and the support it gives people in Kent and Medway. The findings from this survey will inform research on satisfaction with policing in Kent, conducted as part of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with...

  • Public consultation on NHS specialised service specifications and clinical commissioning policies

    21st March 2014

    NHS England has launched a three-month public consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services specifications.  The specifications set out what is expected of providers in terms of the standards required, and define access to a service. For more information on this...

  • Free practical webinars coming up on postural care, finding a PA, contribution through volunteering

    21st March 2014

    In Control are running some free practical webinars coming up on postural care, finding a PA and contribution through volunteering. To find out more information about how you can learn about these issues and 'have your say' via a webinar click HERE ...

  • British hospital to become first in Europe to use Skype for consultations

    21st March 2014

    British hospital to become first in Europe to use Skype for consultations - providing more choice for patients about how they access health services. For more information about this click HERE ...

  • Free Wi-Fi coming to Medway

    21st March 2014

    Medway Council have announced that in the next 12 months free Wi-Fi will soon be coming to Medway. This will give anyone living anyone in Medway 30 minutes free internet surfing every day, and 24 hour access to online council services.  For more information about this click HERE ...

  • Children and Families Act 2014

    13th March 2014

    The new Children and Families Act - given royal assent today - will mean changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for...

  • CQC inspection published - Emergency Department of Medway Maritime Hospital

    5th March 2014

    The Care Quality Commission has now published its inspection of Medway Foundation Trust Maritime Hospital's Emergency Department. A copy of the inspection can be found if you click HERE  A summary of recent Care Quality inspections and inspection report can be found if you click HERE ...

  • New University Technical College in Medway consultation

    27th February 2014

    A new University Technical College (UTC) in Medway has been given the green light by the Department of Education.   This  new college for Medway is for 14-19-year-olds who want to lay strong career foundations in two of the most important industries worldwide.  Students will...

  • Medical Innovation Bill consultation

    27th February 2014

    “Medical innovation has been vital to the dramatic rise in life expectancy of the last century. This country has a proud heritage of medical innovation from Alexander Fleming and the discovery of penicillin to Sir Peter Mansfield’s enabling of magnetic resonance imaging.” “The Government should...

  • Care Quality Commission Live Q & A session today

    27th February 2014

    There is a live Question & Answer session between 12 - 1 pm about the Care Quality Commission inspection model. If you want to find out more about this and to get involved click HERE  on CQC inspection model for adult social care. Get involved HERE  ...

  • New NHS England consultation - changes to specialist services specifications

    27th February 2014

    NHS England has launched a three-month public consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services specifications.  The specifications set out what is expected of providers in terms of the standards required, and define access to a service. Full details of the consultation,...

  • Have your say - Consultation on draft regulations - mitochondrial diseases

    27th February 2014

    New techniques have been developed that would prevent serious mitochondrial disease being passed from a mother to her children. They involve the use of disease free eggs or embryos from a donor. A change in the law would be needed for these techniques to be used in treatment. Draft regulations...

  • Wanted: Lay member of NICE Clinical Guideline Updates Standing Committee - Colorectal (bowel) cancer

    27th February 2014

    The Public Involvement Programme and the NICE Centre for Clinical Practice are looking for applications from lay people with knowledge and experience of colorectal (bowel) cancer to join the Clinical Guideline Updates Standing Committee as a topic specific lay member.  The committee will be...

  • Wanted: Lay member of NICE Clinical Guideline Updates Standing Committee for Postnatal Care

    27th February 2014

    The Public Involvement Programme and the NICE Centre for Clinical Practice are looking for applications from parents, carers and families who have knowledge and experience of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to join the Clinical Guideline Updates Standing Committee as a...

  • What is it like to be a NICE lay representative?

    27th February 2014

    You can find a really useful article describing what it is like to be a NICE lay representative HERE Healthwatch Medway advertises on its 'news' pages opportunities for people to become involved in the work of NICE. NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public...

  • Have your say - consultation on new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect

    27th February 2014

    As part of the response to the Francis Report, the government accepted the recommendation of the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England to develop a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect. A new consultation has been announced that outlines the...

  • NHS National Institute for Health Research vacancy

    27th February 2014

    NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: Public member to join the South East Coast Regional Advisory Committee • Are you interested in health research?• Do you have experience of working in committees/groups?• Do you have experience of patient and public involvement in...

  • Don't forget to have your say about the Fundamentals of Care for health and care services

    27th February 2014

    The Department of Health is running a consultation on new Care Quality Commission quality and safety regulations.  The new regulations would come into effect from October and would play a key role how the Care Quality Commission inspects its providers. The Care Quality Commission will be...

  • Have your say - mental health services

    19th February 2014

    The Care Quality Commission would like to hear about your experiences of crisis care to do with mental health. If you would like to find out more about this click HERE  ...

  • Have your say - Ofsted Parent View

    19th February 2014

    Parent View gives you the chance to tell Osted what you think about your child’s school. Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.  If your child is at a boarding or a residential...

  • Have your say - call for evidence - Children's Commissioner

    17th February 2014

    Have your say - the Chidren's Commissioner has issued a 'Call for Evidence' as they want to review programmes and services for young children living in low income families. If you would like more information about this or would like to get involved in this opportunity to 'have your say'...

  • Have your say - Care Quality Commission

    17th February 2014

    On Wednesday 19 February, the board of the Care Quality Commission will hold its latest meeting in public at the CQC offices in Finsbury Tower, London, EC1Y 8TG.  The meeting will start at 09.00.   The full agenda and board papers will be available to download from the Care...

  • RAISE - Get involved

    11th February 2014

    Wanted! Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations, networks and forums involved in all aspects of: Mental health for adultsMental health for children and young peopleDementiaNeurological conditions- Including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease If you...

  • Monitor Press Release - Medway Foundation Trust

    6th February 2014

    Monitor takes urgent steps to improve troubled foundation trust Published on: 6th February 2014 Monitor is taking urgent steps to strengthen the leadership of a troubled foundation trust so that it can deliver improvements for patients. The health regulator has used its powers to make Medway NHS...

  • New NICE standards published

    6th February 2014

    New NICE standards on care and support for children, young people and adults with anxiety disorders have been published. For more information on this click here ...

  • Have your say - human rights stories

    6th February 2014

    Have you used human rights laws or approaches to help you, or your family? Would you like to share your story? Equally Ours is producing a series of short films telling the stories of people’s human rights experiences. We want these stories to bring to life the importance of human rights in...

  • South East Coast Strategic Clinical Network - Volunteers Needed

    5th February 2014

    Wanted! Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations, networks and forums involved in all aspects of: ·  Mental health for adults, children and young people ·  Dementia ·  Neurological conditions- including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone...

  • Have your say - survey on ' palliative care' and 'end of life care'

    29th January 2014

    The National Council for Palliative Care and SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) are running, with partners, a short survey to find out what people think and feel when they hear the words (terms) 'palliative' and 'end of life' care. All responses to the survey will be fed into the...

  • Have your say - new NICE Guidelines

    29th January 2014

    NICE have been asked to develop a social care guideline on coordinated transition between health and social care for use in England.  The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply.  For more information on how you can have your say and...

  • Have your say - Ofsted inspection schools

    29th January 2014

    Ofsted (the independent organisation that inspects education) want to know your views - particularly the views of young people.  Ofsted are running a new consultation about the way (framework) that Ofsted will inspect non-association independent schools in the future. We seek the views of...

  • Have your say - NHS England patient and public voice representatives

    29th January 2014

    The Quality and Clinical Risk  Committee, a formal Committee of NHS England’s Board, is recruiting up to three Patient and Public Voice (PPV) representatives.  The role of the QCR Committee is to provide assurance to NHS England’s Board that there are systems andprocesses in place to...

  • Healthwatch Medway - Listening Event 5th February 2013

    29th January 2014

    Healthwatch Medway will be at the main reception at Medway Maritime Hospital (Medway Medway Foundation Trust) on 5th February 2014 between 10am to 2pm finding out what people think about Medway health and social care services.  Do come and say hello plus share your experience of how you find...

  • Healthwatch Medway - Listening Event 6th February 2013

    29th January 2014

    Healthwatch Medway will be at the Sunlight Development Trust cafe in Richmond Road in Gillingham on 6th February 2014 between 9am to 3pm finding out what people think about Medway health and social care services.  Do come and say hello plus share your experience of how you find...

  • Share your experiences of health or social care with Healthwatch Medway

    29th January 2014

    Did you know you can really easily share your experience of Medway health and/or social care services with Healthwatch Medway?  You can share your experience of services  with Healthwatch Medway in several different ways, either by: 1. Clicking on the 'Share Your Experience' button on...

  • Share your experience with Healthwatch Medway

    29th January 2014

    Did you know you can really easily share your experience of Medway health and/or social care services with Healthwatch Medway?  You can share your experience of services with Healthwatch Medway in several different ways, either by: 1. Clicking on the 'Share Your Experience' button on the...

  • NHS Commissioning Assembly working group need volunteers

    29th January 2014

    The NHS Commissioning Assembly strategy working group is looking for new members so please get involved! The aim of the working group is to generate and share ideas which will support the development and implementation of the NHS 10 year strategy. All contributions and ideas from the working...

  • NHS England seeks views on patient safety alerts

    29th January 2014

    NHS England seeks views on draft patient safety alert for Non-Luer Spinal (Intrathecal) Devices for Chemotherapy and Lumbar Puncture. For more information on how to get involved in this opportunity click here ...

  • Have your say on mental health services - PLACE inspections

    28th January 2014

    Medway Residents can play a key role in assessing a mental health trust’s standards of inpatient care. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) is looking for members of the public to join its Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment ...

  • Have your say on ambulance services - Medway event

    28th January 2014

    South East Coast Ambulance (SECAmb) service want to work with the people of Medway to help shape their service to your needs. SECAmb are running some events to let people know how the ambulance service has developed recently and our plans for the future.  They are also keen to hear your...

  • Major Redevelopment of Medway Maritime Hospital's Emergency Department gets the Go-ahead

    27th January 2014

    Plans have been agreed for a major redevelopment of Medway Maritime Hospital’s Emergency Department.  The developments will cost up to an estimated £5 million and key sections will be completed in time for winter 2014/2015 when the Emergency Department is under the greatest demand.  ...

  • New Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman video in British Sign Language (BSL)

    23rd January 2014

    Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman have produced a short video in British Sign Language (BSL) to raise awareness of their work among Deaf people and to make our service more accessible.  The video explains what the Parlimentary Health Service Ombudsman do, how they can help and how...

  • Rights to Interpreters

    22nd January 2014

    Our Health In Your Hands has launched a campaign for the Deaf community about your rights to an interpreter.  The campaign explains that you have a right under law to have a properly qualified interpreter in a healthcare setting like a hospital and a GP surgery when you need one. All...

  • Apply to be on the Youth Select Committee on Votes at 16

    21st January 2014

    Do you want to be part of a Youth Select Committee that will change things for young people? Are you aged 11 to 18, resident in the UK and able to volunteer your time on the dates as stated in the application?  Do you have an interest in youth representation, and democracy? Then apply to be...

  • New NICE consultation: Transition between health and social care

    21st January 2014

    NICE have been asked to develop a social care guideline on coordinated transition between health and social care for use in England. The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply. Registered stakeholders for this topic are invited to...

  • National Action Plan Launched for Mental Health

    20th January 2014

    The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this morning delivered a speech in which he launched a 25 point Action Plan for mental health.  The plan follows the Mental Health Strategy launched in 2011 and sets out the key mental health priorities for government over the next 15 months. ...

  • Consumer champion to explore public's role in driving change in Health and Care

    20th January 2014

    Healthwatch England has launched a 12 week strategy consultation with patients, care users and their families. This national conversation aims to shape the Healthwatch England strategy over the next two years and create a rights based framework that has been shaped by the public and so help to...

  • Tweetchat Your Views on Mental Health

    20th January 2014

    On Tuesday 21 January from 1.00pm to 2.00pm the NHS England Wessex Area Team will be hosting a tweet chat to discuss 'Valuing mental health equally with physical health or “Parity of Esteem”'. The tweet chat will be chaired by Director of Nursing Sarah Elliott, along with a panel of experts;...

  • New facility for babies at Medway Hospital

    17th January 2014

    Medway Maritime Hospital is now able to carry out life-saving blood transfusions on babies – while they are still in the womb. The hospital is the first in Kent to offer this complex procedure called an intrauterine blood transfusion, which is necessary when a baby shows signs of anaemia....

  • Age UK Consultation on Human Rights

    16th January 2014

    Age UK needs your help to ensure that everyone receiving care is protected by the Human Rights Act by signing this petition http://bit.ly/Clause48Petition Imagine two older people who live next to each other in a care home - one pays for their own care, the other's is arranged by their...

  • Public Invited to Health Meeting in Medway

    16th January 2014

    NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body will be meeting next week and is inviting the public to see how it is run. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissions health services in Medway and holds governing body meetings in public every other month. The meeting will take...

  • Kent and Medway Dementia Newsletter

    13th January 2014

    Dementia Focus is a collaborative newsletter which aims to keep people in Kent and Medway informed about the positive changes that are being made to support people with dementia, their families and carers. KMCS has produced Dementia Focus in partnership with Kent County Council and with...

  • Consultation on reform of the European Convention and Court of Human Rights

    10th January 2014

    The Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights (DH-GDR) is holding an open call for information and views on the issue of the longer-term reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. ...

  • Bowel Cancer Survey

    10th January 2014

    Bowel Cancer UK is running a survey to gather the views and experiences of people aged over 65 who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, as well their carers, family members and friends. This will be used to inform a report that we will publish this year which will highlight the various...

  • Patient and Public Voice Representatives for the Quality and Clinical Risk (QCR) Committee

    9th January 2014

    The QCR Committee, a formal Committee of NHS England’s Board, is recruiting up to three Patient and Public Voice (PPV) representatives. The role of the QCR Committee is to provide assurance to NHS England’s Board that there are systems and processes in place to drive...

  • NHS England is seeking Independent Chairs for NHS Continuing Healthcare Independent Review Panels

    8th January 2014

    NHS England is seeking a number of people to chair Independent Review Panels (IRPs) about individuals’ eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC). Independent Review Panels can be requested by individuals or their representatives and they are co-ordinated by NHS England’s four regions....

  • New consultation - Royal College of Nursing

    8th January 2014

    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)  has agreed to carry out a consultation (for the Department of Health) into the use of physical restraint across a wide range of health, adult social care settings and special schools. It presents a unique opportunity for service users,...

  • New Health App for Kent and Medway

    8th January 2014

    The Health Help Now web app can be found online here and is free to everyone who lives and works in Kent and Medway. It functions like a mobile phone app and helps people check their symptoms and find the best place for treatment – showing which services near them are open. It will help...

  • Healthwatch Medway Listening Event - Tomorrow

    6th January 2014

    Healthwatch Medway on Wednesday (8th January 2014) are at Medway Foundation Trust Hospital at the Atrium between 10 am to 2pm.  Do come along to meet Healthwatch Medway - see our information stand and have your say about what your think is 'good' or 'not so good' about local Medway...

  • Healthwatch Medway Christmas and New Year Office Hours

    23rd December 2013

    Healthwatch Medway Office is now closed until 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2014.   We will respond to your communication as soon as possible when the office re-opens. ...

  • British Medical Journal - Opportunities

    18th December 2013

    The British Medical Journal is building a database of patients and patient advocates to review and comment on papers.  Patient reviewers will be asked to comment on randomised controlled trials and comment on the patient-focused aspects of studies and papers.  The role will be unpaid...

  • Healthwatch Consultation on Rights In Health and Social Care

    17th December 2013

    Healthwatch England has been busy working out how, together, Healthwatch can be the most effective consumer champions for health and care.  As part of this work (introduced as part of the recent Healthwatch annual report) Healthwatch England started looking at a rights...

  • 999 Caller Survey

    17th December 2013

    Listening to callers’ views about the quality of clinical telephone care provided by South East Coast Ambulance Service South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) is carrying out a survey to find out what people who call 999 think about the care they receive. The results will help SECAmb to see...

  • Have your say - NHS England seeks chair to rare diseases advisory grou

    17th December 2013

    NHS England has re-launched the recruitment for the Chair position to its Rare Diseases Advisory Group (RDAG) after an unsuccessful recruitment round in November 2013. NHS England is looking for someone with experience in chairing high-profile, complex meetings and leadership in guiding senior...

  • Share your experience with Healthwatch Medway

    14th December 2013

    Did you know you can really easily share your experience of Medway health and/or social care services with Healthwatch Medway?  You can share your experience of services  with Healthwatch Medway in several different ways, either by: 1. Clicking on the 'Share Your Experience' button on...

  • Tell Ofsted what you think about inspecting Children's homes

    13th December 2013

    Ofsted has today published proposals for a tough new framework to improve standards in children’s homes and drive up quality for the country’s most vulnerable children. The inspectorate is making its registration, inspection and enforcementpractice of children’s homes more...

  • Women's experience of maternity care

    13th December 2013

    Women’s experiences of maternity care have improved, but further progress is needed Women’s experiences of maternity care have improved over the last three years, but progress is needed in some critical areas, the findings of a survey published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) show.The 2013...

  • CQC launches national review of dementia care - have your say

    11th December 2013

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to carry out focused inspections of some 150 care homes and acute hospitals to review how people with dementia are cared for in England. CQC will explore the care and support that these services provide for people with dementia and in doing so, draw common...

  • Medway Foundation Trust welcomes new non-executive board directors

    9th December 2013

    Trust welcomes new non-executive Board directors Denise Harker, Chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted to welcome two new non-executive directors, and two designate non-executive directors to the Trust Board. Selected by a panel that included our foundation trust governors, our...

  • Have your say - RNIB survey

    5th December 2013

    RNIB are conducting an online survey for people diagnosed and treated for eye conditions - what was your experience https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RNIB_Eye_Health_Campaign_Survey ...

  • Public Governor Elections to be held soon - South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb)

    5th December 2013

    The terms of office of some of the SECamb (South East Coast Ambulance Service) existing public governors come to an end shortly, so they will be holding elections early in the new year in the some of their constituencies (including the Medway area)  Keep watching this space for more details...

  • Medway CCG Engagement Event

    4th December 2013

    Opportunity to have your say... Not your ordinary NHS event Think NHS events are dull and boring? Get tired of listening to hours of presentations? Fear not! NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group want to do things differently! We want to hear your views about...

  • Join Healthwatch Medway Mailing List

    4th December 2013

    Don't forget that if you want to join Healthwatch Medway mailing list you need to 'sign up' to this (giving your consent and relevant information). To join the mailing list all you need to do is click on 'Be Involved' and select 'Join Healthwatch Medway mailing list'. Please note: Healthwatch...

  • Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) report about carers published

    29th November 2013

    Carers who look after young relatives or the children of friends are being treated unfairly by some local authorities, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) is warning. In a report issued on Carers’ Rights Day (29 Nov), the LGO highlights the stories of ‘family and friends carers’ receiving...

  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust - CQC want your views!

    28th November 2013

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will soon carry out an inspection at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. Tell the CQC what you think about care at the hospital at their listening event on 5th December 2013 at 6.30pm at Temple Hill Community Centre, Temple Hill Square, Dartford, DA15HY.  You...

  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Medway CCG want to hear your views

    27th November 2013

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to provide clinical services to patients that suffer with headaches/migraines, epilepsy or inflammatory bowel disease.  Medway NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group would...

  • Share your views - travelling by air

    27th November 2013

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a survey to improve the experiences of disabled people travelling by air. To find out more about this opportunity to have you say click here ...

  • Medway NHS Complaints Advocacy Service

    27th November 2013

    Did you know that SEAP may be able to help you if you feel you have not had the service you expect from the National Health Service (NHS) and want to complain?  SEAP may be able to help you as they run a free, independent and confidential NHS Complaints Advocacy Service for Medway Want to...

  • International Day of Disabled People

    25th November 2013

    See what will be going on 3 December 2013 - International Day of Disabled People around the country (including Medway). For more information click here ...

  • Medway's Big Lottery Bid

    25th November 2013

    Have you heard yet about Medway's Better Start bid to the Big Lottery Fund?  Check out their new website here ...

  • Care Quality Commission Want Your Views!

    25th November 2013

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspect health and social care services in England. They would like your feedback on experiences on local health and social care experiences in Medway. For more information click here or telephone: 0300 616161  ...

  • Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

    25th November 2013

     The Department for Transport is currently recruiting new members for its Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (to start from April 2014) More information see the 'news' section on the following website www.disabilityrightsuk.org ...

  • Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

    25th November 2013

    This is an open call for information and views on the issue of longer-term reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. For more information on how you can share your views click here ...

  • Time to Think Differently: Have Your Say

    25th November 2013

    The Kings Fund are currently consulting about the best ways to provide health and social care in the future For more information click here ...

  • Medway Hospital Listening Event

    22nd November 2013

    Listening Event - What needs to get better at Medway Hospital? Date: Tuesday 10 December 2013 Where:Common Room, Postgraduate Centre, Medway Maritime Hospital Time: 6pm-8pm Medway Foundation Trust would like to invite you to share your thoughts about what is working well and...

  • Medway Maritime Hospital A Block

    22nd November 2013

    Plans to close acute mental health beds at Medway Maritime Hospital have been approved by the health secretary. The Gillingham hospital's A Block will shut, with patients being sent to Little Brook Hospital, Dartford or Priority House, Maidstone.  Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care...

  • Care Quality Commission State of Care 2012/13 Report Published

    22nd November 2013

    Between April 2012-March 2013, the Care Quality Commission carried out 35,000 inspections of health and social care services in England. The State of Care report brings together our findings about the quality of these services and also takes a special look at the pressures on accident and...

  • Easy read version now available - Healthwatch England Annual Report 2013

    22nd November 2013

    An easy read version of Healthwatch England's annual report 2012/13 has now been published. To access this report click here  ...

  • Medway Health Network

    22nd November 2013

    Medway Health Network is a virtual group of patients, public and voluntary groups interested in getting more involved in how services are planned and designed.  Become a member and participate as much or as little as you like.  For more information click here  ...

  • Friends and Family Test

    22nd November 2013

    Do you know about the NHS Friends and Family Test?  This is a quick check to find out what experience patients and their friends/families had when using NHS services. Results from the Friends and Family test will be used to improve NHS services. Find out more click here  ...

  • Accessible Information Standard - have your say

    22nd November 2013

    NHS England has started some work to develop and implement an Information Standard for accessible information. An Information Standard is a framework of requirements and recommendations which health and social care organisations must follow, like a formal guidance document. This guidance will...

  • Have your say - NHS England Youth Forum

    22nd November 2013

    NHS England is in the process of developing a Youth Forum.  We will be bringing together a group of young people to help us shape health services. This group will include a diverse range of young people who can work with NHS England to give advice and opinions on healthcare policies and provide...

  • Call to Action Online Questionnaire

    20th November 2013

    The NHS is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. This consultation is called ‘Call to Action’ and  asks the public to give bold ideas about the future. Doing nothing...

  • Aged 14-25 and live in Medway? Time to Change want your help!

    20th November 2013

    Time to Change are looking for views of young people aged 14-25 who live in Medway to help promote work they are doing in this area over the next 18 months. Time to Change is an organisation that works to end mental health discrimination. To find out more about this click here ...

  • Medway Health and Wellbeing Board - Stakeholder bulletin - November 2013

    20th November 2013

    The November 2013 edition of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board news bulletin has now been published. Articles in the bulletin include: A welcome from the Chair of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board - Cllr Andrew MacknessMedway's Better Start for Children bidMapping of Medway's community...

  • Opportunity to get involved - Local Professional Network (Pharmacy) for Kent and Medway

    19th November 2013

    The Local Professional Network (Pharmacy) for Kent and Medway, Surrey and Sussex, Thames Valley, Wessex of NHS England, are keen to find a patient representative from Medway for their Local Pharmaceutical Needs work. If you are interested in this opportunity please...

  • Government responds to the Francis Report Recommendations

    19th November 2013

    The government today has published a full response to the 290 recommendations made by Robert Francis, following the public inquiry in to the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This follows the government’s initial response in February 2013, which included the introduction of a...

  • NICE are recruiting for members to join 2 committees

    13th November 2013

    The Centre for Public Health at NICE are recruiting for community (or lay) members to join committees developing guidance on: · UV radiation from sunlight exposure: benefits and risks (closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2013) · Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight...

  • Keogh Urgent and Emergency Care Review

    13th November 2013

    Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, explains the next steps in his plans to revamp A&E services across the country: A&E is creaking at the seams. It is not broken but it is struggling. In my view our A&E service has become a victim of its own success. It...

  • See how Medway is doing compared to other local authorities to do with care services

    13th November 2013

    The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) data is being presented in a website that allows people to find out more about care services.  On the website you can select your local authority from the map or drop-down menu, or type in your postcode to find out how carers and...

  • Opportunities for public contributors to get involved with decision making at NETSCC

    12th November 2013

    The NIHR, Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes, fund valuable independent research for health and social care decision makers. They are managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), based at the University of Southampton. While some of the...

  • NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Medway Council want to hear your view

    6th November 2013

    NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Medway Council want to hear your views The NHS is calling on patients and the public to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. Doing nothing is not...

  • CQC wanting volunteers to test a questionnaire about mental health

    22nd October 2013

    Care Quality Commission are looking for volunteers to help test a questionnaire about experiences of #mentalhealth in #NHS – email Juliette.Harrison@cqc.org.uk for more information ...

  • Thank you for sharing your views last week

    22nd October 2013

    Thank you for sharing your experiencs last week with Healthwatch Medway as we were 'out and about' all over Medway. We managed to record over 140 people's different experiences of health and care services in Medway. We are in the process of looking at all the information you have given...

  • Young people and cyber bullying

    22nd October 2013

    55% of children believe #cyberbullying is a normal part of their lives. Find out more www.youngminds.org.uk ...

  • Feedback on NHS services - good or bad?

    22nd October 2013

    Have you accessed NHS services recently ? Share your feedback (good or bad) at http://www.patientopinion.org.uk ...

  • How to make a complaint about the NHS - Advocacy Service

    22nd October 2013

    Did you know that SEAP may be able to help you if you feel you have not had the service you expect from the National Health Service (NHS) and want to complain? SEAP may be able to help you as they run a free, independent and confidential NHS Complaints Advocacy Service for Medway ...

  • Increase in homlessness for under 25s

    22nd October 2013

    A charity's seeing more under-25s asking for help after they've been made homeless due to their sexuality: ...

  • New requirement on schools to do with health and young people

    21st October 2013

    The Government has announced tha there will be a new requirement on schools to make arrangements for supporting pupils with medical conditions. For more informion about this issue click on the picture below ...

  • Healthwatch Medway out and about Medway - Medway Foundation Trust Hospital

    17th October 2013

    Healthwatch Medway will at Medway Foundation Trust reception between 10-2pm. Come and say hello! ...

  • Healthwatch Medway out in Medway today

    16th October 2013

    Healthwatch Medway will be at Rainham Healthy Living Centre (103-107 High Street Rainham) between 10-2pm. Come and say hello! ...

  • Healthwatch Medway are at Strood Market today!

    15th October 2013

    Healthwatch Medway will be at Strood market today between 10-2pm. As well as providng information about Healthwatch Medway they will also be asking people what their experience is of Medway health services, social care services and if people are able to complain if they need to. Do...

  • Healthwatch Medway out in Medway today

    14th October 2013

    Healthwatch Medway is at the Lordswood Healthy Living Centre today betwen 10-2pm.  Come and say hello! ...

  • Healthwatch Medway out and about Medway

    11th October 2013

    Healthwatch Medway are out and about in Medway - come and say hello! Date, Times and Venues as follows: Monday 14th October 2013 at Lordswood Healthy Living Centre – 10am – 2pm.  Tuesday 15th October 2013 at Strood Market – 10am – 2pm. Wednesday 16th October 2013 at...

  • World Mental Health Day Events

    10th October 2013

    Events are taking place across Medway to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October.This year's theme is mental health in later life. 10 October 2013 - World Mental Health Day - There will be music celebrations in Chatham High Street outside Primark - with information...

  • 1st Healthwatch England Annual Report Launched

    9th October 2013

    All of us have a right to be heard, says people’s health and social care champion Healthwatch England: New research shows: A shocking 1 in 3 of us report experiencing or knowing someone who has experienced abuse, neglect or malpractice whilst being cared for.  More than...

  • Join Medway Health Network

    4th September 2013

    Medway Health Network is a virtual group of patients, public and voluntary groups interested in getting more involved in how services are planned and designed. Become a member and participate as much or as little as you like. For more information:click below:  ...

  • An Alternative Guide to the NHS in England

    3rd September 2013

    Find out how the NHS all fits together in just 6.5 minutes?! Have a look at this great video, made by the Kings Fund and everything will become clear....ish! An alternative guide to the new NHS in England from The King's Fund on Vimeo. ...

  • New video explaining the Medway SEND Pathfinder

    2nd September 2013

    Heard about the Medway Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) Pathfinder yet? Watch this useful short video to find out more about health, social care and education services are trying to work together better to support families. ...

  • Healthwatch Medway on Twitter

    1st September 2013

    Healthwatch Medway has now joined Twitter. Our Twitter identity is @HWMedway. Do follow us, retweet us and tweet us with your thoughts about what is important to you in Medway to do with health and social care. ...

  • Medway Adult Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    20th August 2013

    Medway Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee took place last night in Medway.  Medway Healthwatch was represented at this meeting - actively championing the voice and engagement of people who use health and social care services in Medway. Items that were...

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