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Healthwatch Special Inquiry – have your say on hospital discharge

Have you or someone you know, recently been discharged from hospital within Dudley borough? 

Your-Voice-CountsHealthwatch Dudley is taking part in a national special inquiry into hospital discharge and we are really interested in hearing from you.

As your local consumer champion for health and social care, we want to hear about a wide range of experiences and are particularly keen to include views from older people, homeless people and people with mental ill health, as evidence shows these people are most at risk from unsafe discharge from care settings.

You can have your say by completing our short survey online:

www.healthwatchdudley.co.uk/surveys

Alternatively, to complete our survey over the telephone, or to talk to someone in confidence about any health or social care related experience, please contact us on 03000 111 001 or email hello@healthwatchdudley.co.uk

 

Celebrating Carers’ Week

It’s Carers Week and we’ll be out and about listening to people’s experiences of being a carer in Dudley borough.  We’ve teamed up with Dudley’s Carers’ Co-ordinator Sharon McGlynn, RVS, Dudley Carers’ Forum, Dudley Carers’ Network and other local organisations to raise awareness of hidden carers, through activities at Russells Hall Hospital this week.  If you see us please come and say hello!

Carers week

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

Share your experience of Dudley Group of Hospitals with CQC ahead of inspections

CQC LogoEngland’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust.

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the trust.

The trust is among the first to be inspected and given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The formal inspection of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust will start on 25 March 2014.

To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding two listening events, both at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25 March.  The events will be held at Dudley Town Hall, Dudley and The Talbot Hotel in Stourbridge.

Click here to register and to find our more

Enter and View training for Healthwatch Dudley volunteers

Would you like to join the Healthwatch Dudley team as an Enter and View volunteer?volunteer

Why not join us for one of our training sessions on Wednesday 19th February 10am – 3pm  or Thursday 27th March 2014 10am – 3pm?

Healthwatch Dudley is looking for people with a friendly approach to join us for visits who:

  • Have a strong interest in improving health or social care services in Dudley borough.
  • Can show empathy, with good communication and active listening skills.
  • Have an ability to gather evidence-based information that is not loaded with personal opinion.
  • Understand the importance of not discriminating and being non-judgmental.
What is Enter and View?
Healthwatch Dudley has the power to access public / communal areas in any publicly funded health or social setting.  This could include:
  • Residential care or nursing homes
  • Disability day centres
  • Doctor and dentist waiting rooms
  • Hospital accident and emergency departments
  • Pharmacists
  • Opticians

Enter and View gives us the opportunity to listen to views of the public, patients, carers and relatives who access local health and social care services.

The information we gather could range from finding out about what care home residents think about meals and activities, to listening to patients experiences of hospital wards. The factual information gathered will be shared with key decision makers to improve local services for everyone.

Our training will cover:
  • An introduction to Healthwatch and Enter and View
  • The role, qualities and values of an authorised Enter and View representative
  • What is excellence in health and social care?
  • An introduction to safeguarding and dignity in care
  • Important skills for other Healthwatch Dudley volunteer roles
  • Available options for follow on e-learning 
You can expect on the day:
  • A warm welcome
  • The chance to meet other Healthwatch Dudley volunteers
  • A comfortable, accessible venue
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • A chance to ask questions and to find out if this is the right role for you
Your trainers for the day will be:
  • Sarah Roper – Dudley MBC Safeguarding Team
  • Rob Dalziel – Healthwatch Dudley
  • Melissa Guest – Healthwatch Dudley
How do I book?
Call Ali on 01384 267427 or email volunteer@healthwatchdudley.co.uk
If you would like to attend but are not an existing Healthwatch Dudley Volunteer, you will be asked to complete an application process before being considered. For an informal chat about the training, please contact Rob or Melissa on the above number.
As Enter and View volunteers will potentially be in contact with vulnerable people we are to undertake a disclosure and barring (DBS) check for the role which replaced the CRB – criminal records bureau check.
Reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be provided on request.