Goodbye and Good Luck!
At the end of this week we will be waving goodbye to Anna Rarity, HWG’s Community Engagement Lead. Anna has worked for the organisation for almost three years and will be sadly missed. During her time with Healthwatch she significantly increased our engagement with the general public, community groups, partner organisations and most importantly the seldom heard; enabling us to capture a wide range of patient and public experience to share with the commissioners and providers of health and social care in the county.
Anna said, "It has been a great pleasure meeting so many of you to hear about your experiences of services. I have been incredibly proud to work in the Healthwatch Gloucestershire team, with such a passionate, committed set of individuals, who really care about listening to patient experiences, in order to help improve services. I will be sad to leave, but am excited about my new role which is in Wiltshire, with the fresh challenges that will bring. It has been fantastic getting such great feedback about our service and I hope that HWG continues to play a key positive role in the health and social care system in Gloucestershire, I will be staying in touch!"
Report on access to health and social care services by marginalised and vulnerable people in Gloucester
NHS in Gloucestershire has said the report provides valuable insights into the experiences of this group. To find out more, and to download the report, click here.
Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Minor Injuries and Illness (MIIU) review
On Tuesday 20th September, the Board of Gloucestershire Care Services met to evaluate the recent review into the opening times of the Trust’s seven MIIUs.
The Board made a unanimous decision to leave all the times unchanged, with the exception of MIIUs in Cirencester and Stroud which will close at 11pm starting later this year.
Read more here.
Statement from HWG Chair regarding financial position of GHNHSFT
Healthwatch Gloucestershire Chair has released a statement regarding the financial position of GHNHSFT.
To read the statement, please click here.
HWG want your views: Help improve how the NHS learns from unexpected deaths
The Care Quality Commission is looking at how NHS acute, community healthcare and mental health trusts investigate deaths and learn from them. HWG want to hear your views on this.
Click here for more information.
What is Gloucestershire's Sustainability & Transformation Plan?
In line with the Five Year Forward View for the NHS, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG) have been developing their local five-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Gloucestershire, which is currently in outline form. It describes their overall approach to achieving an improved and more sustainable health and care system.
To find out more, click here.