Current Projects

Find out more about our projects 

Mental health and A&E services

Healthwatch Gloucestershire, along with their parent organisation, Evolving Communities, decided to carry out a piece of engagement work to learn more about the experiences of those who access mental health support through the accident and emergency (A&E) departments at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital.

The aim of this project is to build a picture of mental health provision in these A&E departments from the point of view of those who have used the service (and their families/carers).

Online survey: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GlosMHAE/ closes 29 March 2020

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Access to A&E care for people with a mental health condition: A Gloucestershire perspective, January 2020

Mental health from a carer’s perspective

In 2019, Healthwatch Gloucestershire gathered a wide variety of feedback on many aspects of mental health services from people across the county.  We identified people who were caring for those who had a mental health illness and who wanted their voice heard.  Carers spoke to us about what mattered most to them regarding mental health support for the person they care for.

Read the final report, January 2020.

Mental health and substance misuse services

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is carrying out a research project after seeing a rise in complaints from people about the lack of support and integration between mental health and drug and alcohol services in the county for those with co-existing problems.

A team of trained Healthwatch Gloucestershire volunteers are visiting local groups that provide support for service users, their families and unpaid carers.  These conversations will largely be carried out in the form of a focus groups and will help feed into a report which will be presented to the health and community services.  Patients and their families were also asked to share their views and experiences in an online survey (closed on 30 November 2019).  Final report to follow.

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NHS Special Care Dental Services

Special care dental services focus on improving the oral health of people who have a health condition or have circumstances which prevents them from using a high street dentist. The NHS is working in partnership with local Healthwatch to capture the views of those using the services or are eligible to do so.

The engagement work, including an online survey ran until 4 October 2019.  We have submitted our final report to NHS England and NHS Improvement, who will analyse the feedback, publish the findings and explain the next steps.

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NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan, setting out all the things it wants health services to do better for people across the country.  Your local NHS needed to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community.  Our report has now been published that details the engagement work carried out by Healthwatch Gloucestershire around the NHS Long Term Plan.

Read the final report, July 2019.

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Mental Health Survey

Healthwatch Gloucestershire has carried out engagement with people of all ages in Gloucestershire, in order to find out views on the current provision and gaps, along with areas of good practice and areas for improvement.  We also asked people how they maintain good mental health.  Our report has now been published and will be presented to the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board.

Read the final report, October 2019.

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Campervan & Comments Tour 2019

Healthwatch Gloucestershire staff and volunteers took the roads of the county in March to find out what people think about local health and social care services.

Read more about what we did and where we went here.

End of Life Survey

As part of the End of Life Care Strategy being carried out in the county, Healthwatch Gloucestershire asked local people about they types of end of life support available for individuals over 18 years old both locally and nationally.  They asked about non-clinical support i.e. not information about a specific illness or condition, but other types of information that would support people through the end of life.

Read our news release and final report, November 2018.

Care Homes Strategy

Research consultancy Evolving Communities and the county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Gloucestershire have been working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council to gather the views of Gloucestershire residents aged 65+, on care home and domiciliary care provision in the county.  The information gathered fed into a report that went to the Gloucestershire cabinet and fed into the Older People Care Home Strategy (June 2019) to help shape what care home provision looks like in the future.

Read the news release and final report, December 2018 (by our parent company, Evolving Communities).

Food & Families Project

Community researchers from Evolving Communities’ Food & Families project and staff from Healthwatch Gloucestershire asked Podsmead residents for their thoughts about all things food related as part of a wider project for Gloucestershire Public Health.

Read the news release and final report, September 2018.