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Help design a new Independent Living Service

Join a focus group and help Cambridgeshire County Council design new homes for life for people with health and care needs.

 

  • Wednesday 23 March 2022, 11 am to 1pm on Zoom – open to people from East Cambridgeshire
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022, 1:30 to 3:30pm on Zoom – open to people from Cambridgeshire

The first new homes are being planned for Ely and will support you to live your life as independently as possible. And stop you needing to move if your health or care needs change.

Tell the council what you would want in the homes for you – or the person you care for.

 

You’ll get a free £10 Love2Shop voucher for taking part.

 

Call 0330 355 1285 to book or visit: https://www.healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk/independent-living

Wanted: Your Health and Care experiences

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is the independent champion for people using local health and care services.

Their job is to listen to what people across the area have to say – good and not so good.

Can they help raise some of the issues your organisation, group or users are facing?  What’s working well or where could things be improved?

People tell Healthwatch about recent visits to GPs, dentists and opticians as well as clinic and hospital visits.  They also share views on care services in and around Peterborough.

Any information you give Healthwatch is logged and shared anonymously with the people who make decisions about local services and who can make change happen.

Can they help you too?

They area always looking for opportunities to spread the word about local organisations with GPs and patient groups too.

They might also be able to pass on your details to members of the public calling our Information Service for health and care support, help and advice.

Their engagement team are out and about at events across the area every week – could they come and talk to you too? Please get in touch.

Like to share your feedback and experiences?

 

Improving the NHS for people with autism and learning disabilities

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has produced an Easy Read version of its report  on what people think about local NHS services.

People with autism and learning disabilities say they need much more support and help to live full, healthy and productive lives, reveals a new report from Healthwatch.

Healthwatch asked people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including those with autism and learning disabilities, how they would spend extra money on the NHS to improve services. And the findings in the What would you do? report published a few weeks ago, highlight problems ranging from getting a diagnosis, treatment and support to not enough appropriate services and problems accessing services that are there – particularly mental health.

People with autism and learning disabilities told Healthwatch they would like:

  • Care from familiar nurses and GPs
  • Services and care closer to home
  • Better communication
  • Easy-to-understand information using simple words and pictures

One carer, in their late 60s, said: “There is no other help at all. Nothing proactive. Need to fight, remind, explain all the time. We three feel utterly abandoned now.”

Another carer said her sons had amazing minds and if they had support to deal with anxiety and sensory difficulties they could “maybe live productive lives.”

Give your views

Like to give your views or need information about local NHS services? Healthwatch, the independent champion for people using health and social care services, wants to hear from you.

Get in touch via the website, call on 0330 355 1285 (local call number) or email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk

Read more

Read the full What would you do? report

Read our Easy Read version of the main findings

Read a summary of the report

 

Phyllis – One woman’s story

Phyllis tells the story of one woman and her family’s attempt to navigate the complex system of older people’s care.

Phyllis, 80, was managing at home with the help of her family. On one of her daily trips to the shops, she falls and ends up in hospital.

The play documents Phyllis’ decline and her family’s struggle to navigate health and social care systems. It was developed from research with patients, family members, health and social care professionals, the play highlights the challenges many face.

It was commissioned by Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership to help them look at how they could create better care for older people.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are able to bring the production here with thanks to funding from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes and is followed by a post-show discussion.

This may be of particular interest to people who make decisions about local health and care services, as well as members of the public to watch the performance and join the conversation.

here will be an opportunity for people to share their own experiences of older people’s services.

Tickets are free but only a limited number are available due to space at the Medway Centre (Huntingdon) and these must be booked in advance please.

 

Join the Board at Healthwatch

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are looking for new Board members.

Use your local knowledge, skills and experiences to help improve the public voice in health and care services for people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

As part of an innovative and committed Board, you will have a role in strategy development and supporting our staff and volunteers.

This will give you insights into and the opportunity to help influence health and social care systems locally.

We want to strengthen the links we have into Fenland and Peterborough, and the different ethnic communities who live locally.

You will help the Board to better understand and represent the diverse population we serve.

We particularly welcome applications from young people, individuals from minority ethnic communities and those who live in Fenland and Peterborough.

Apply by Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information:

Interviews for the post will be held on either 8 January, 16 January or 17 January 2019.

Contact their office on 0330 355 1285, email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk or text them on 0752 0635 176 to arrange an informal chat.