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Healthwatch Dudley is one year old…

…and to celebrate we have launched a poster campaign featuring local people who have supported us during our first year!

Healthwatch Dudley poster & flyer

As your independent consumer champion for both health and social care in Dudley borough, we are listening to your views and experiences and sharing them with people who make key decisions about our health and wellbeing.

This means that if local people have got something to say about hospitals, care homes, doctors surgeries, opticians, dentists or any other health or social care service – good or bad, we will listen so that your views can be heard and taken into account.

We are hoping that our friends and partners will help us to spread the word about Healthwatch Dudley by displaying our posters and flyers. If you are able to help in any way, please let us know and we will arrange to get some publicity materials to you.

And if you would like to find out more about what we do, please give us a call on 03000 111 001, email hello@healthwatchdudley.co.uk, tweet us @HWDudley or send a request through our website www.healthwatchdudley.co.uk.  We would love to hear from you.

Extended versions of our posters featuring even more local people will soon be appearing on local buses, you can download our poster here and if you spot one when you’re out and about, please tweet or email us a picture and let us know what you think!

Finally, we would like to say a massive thank to our fantastic poster stars, Gurcharan, Julie, Maurice, Neil, Sharon, Rachel, Steve, Matt, Josh, Sandra, Emilia and Marva who gave their time to feature in our campaign.

Best wishes

Team Healthwatch

Do you, a family member, or someone you care for, access an adult social care service in Dudley borough?

You are invited to help write Dudley’s annual adult social care annual report.

Dudley council has produced an annual report (or account) of the adult social care services it provides.  This report is called “Improving lives, making a difference’ and local people helped to put it together.

The report lists the differences made to people’s lives as a result of adult social care services, provided by Dudley council. It also lists priorities for future improvements.

As part of the Making it Real in Dudley adult social care programme, Dudley council would like to invite you to help them produce their 2012/13 adult social care annual report. You will get the chance to be part of a reference group that will oversee the production and content of the latest local account for adult social care in Dudley.

Improving lives, making a different - local account

Healthwatch Dudley has been asked to bring this group together to make sure that the local account is a fair reflection of what is really happening, to listen to your experiences and to discuss if improvements were made, against the priorities that were set.

When & where?
The workshop will take place in Brierley Hill on Wednesday July 31st between 11am & 2pm

Where can I see a copy of the report?
You can download a copy of the 2011/12 ‘Improving lives, making a difference’ annual report here: Improving-lives-making-a-difference This document is also called the adult social care local account. If you have problems downloading this document, call us and we will either email it to you or pop a copy in the post.


Why is Healthwatch Dudley involved?
Healthwatch Dudley is a new independent consumer champion for people who access health and social care services in Dudley borough.  We want to listen to local people’s views and experiences, so we can share them with people who make key decisions about everyone’s health and wellbeing.

I want to be involved but I can’t get to the workshop
We still want to hear your voice.  Get in touch and we can discuss how you can be involved.

How do I book?
Click here to book your place http://adultsocialcare.eventbrite.co.uk

Working together to build the best Healthwatch

Team Healthwatch has had a busy few months getting around the borough, finding out how we can best work with our partners and with local people.

Supporting the CCG Healthcare Forum in Brierley HillWe have just been adding up how many people we have reached since April 1st we can’t believe that we have attended 50 meetings and events that were attended by more than 1000 people.

We have given presentations to GPs on the new Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board and to the Council of Governors at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

Our vision was shared at the Making it Real staff and stakeholder roadshow and also with with the Chief Executive and Chair of Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

We have also shared our news with Dudley’s new Healthy Living Champions and spread the word at the two day Dementia Gateways roadshow in Halesowen Town Centre.

Teaming up with Dementia Gateways to share information about Healthwatch Dudley

The highlight for us has been our first Healthwatch Dudley event, where we asked “How can we work together to build the best Healthwatch?’

We brought together over 70 people from 40 local organisations and participants were encouraged to submit ideas for discussion as part of an unconferenced approach. Over 30 discussion topics were suggested and then grouped together.

How can we work together to build the best Healthwatch?11 workshops followed with lots of energetic debate. There were lots of questions too, some of which were answered on the day and others which have been used to start a questions and answers page on this site.

As you can see, there has been lots happening here and there is plenty of activity in the pipeline. If you haven’t already done so, you might like to sign up to our mailing list. Very soon we will be revealing more information about our board, Healthwatch Hotspots and new exciting volunteer opportunities.

RachelFinally, we hope you like our refreshed website.  Our banner stars are people who support, or who are supported by Dudley Voices for Choice and who kindly posed for us. We would like to say a big thank you to them!  Very soon we will be adding lots more local faces to show how we represent the voices of everyone in Dudley borough. If you or someone from a group that you represent would like to be the face of Healthwatch Dudley, we would love to hear from you.

Our very best regards

Team Healthwatch

Coming soon!

Healthwatch Dudley is getting ready to be your new consumer champion for health and
social care services in Dudley borough – but we’re not quite there yet!

In the coming months events and activities will take place so that you can have your say and help to shape your new service.

An exciting launch event is being planned and we will post details here as soon as we can.

Healthwatch Dudley will begin to operate in April but in the mean time, if you would like to say hello, share your ideas or find out about volunteering opportunities, please get in touch here:  hello@healthwatchdudley.co.uk

If you have any concerns about health and social care in Dudley borough before April 1st 2013, you can still contact Dudley LINk on 01384 886444.