Life in a care home in Portsmouth, what’s it really like?

·        New study compiles the views and experiences of those who live, visit and work in care homes across England. ·        Wide variation revealed, with great care contrasting with homes failing to get the basics right for every resident. ·        National Care champion Healthwatch England urges homes to be more open to using feedback [...]

By | 2017-08-11T15:43:45+00:00 August 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Help NICE find a community leader or advocate to develop our quality standard on Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing mortality

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support. Their guidance is based on research evidence and takes into account the views of people working in or using relevant services, and other stakeholder groups. They are [...]

By | 2017-08-02T12:18:32+00:00 July 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Results of Healthwatch Portsmouth Priorities Survey 2017/18

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete our recent survey helping us to decide what we will concentrate on over the next 12 months.  The results were as follow: The quality of hospital discharges - 43.48% Access to mental health services - 43.48% Experience of people living in care homes [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:11:15+00:00 July 27th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth weekly drop-in’s at Citizen’s Advice

We are now running drop-in sessions at the Citizen's Advice office 2-3 Ark Royal House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2GF. Members of the Healthwatch team will be there from 9.30 - 4.30 Tuesdays and Thursdays.  During the drop-in's we can: offer you information and advice about local services Advise or support you with an NHS [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:12:23+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Best People Awards – Patients Choice Award

The 2017 Patient’s Choice Award  is for members of the public to thank a Portsmouth Hospitals employee or team who have made a real difference to their or a relative’s healthcare.  Do you know a member of staff who has made a real difference to yours or a relative’s healthcare? Do you know an individual or [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:17:21+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

CQC seeks views on next phase of regulation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is consulting on a further set of proposals which will help shape the next phase of regulation for health and social care across the country.  For the next eight weeks anyone with an interest is encouraged to have their say. The proposals include:  • Changes to the regulation of primary [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:14:04+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Tai Chi for people with dementia – seeking volunteers

Do you know or are you a carer of someone with dementia? Bournemouth University is looking for people to get involved with a piece of research around Dementia and Tai Chi. The research team are happy to come out and deliver workshops explaining the project to the groups or individuals The study is being conducted [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:14:33+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Patient Engagement Champion 2017

Congratulations to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust On Tuesday 16 May 2017, MES (Membership Engagement Services), awarded the Trust “ Engagement Champion of the Year”. The award was in recognition of the Trusts commitment to actively involve patients, families, carers and members of the local community on the design, delivery and monitoring of our services. The [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:18:51+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The NHS needs your help!

Gemma McKenna is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working on a study concerning people’s experiences of urgent and emergency care. She is really keen to recruit interviewees from the Portsmouth area. Please see attached some further information. Can you help? She needs: Participants: She is looking for people aged 18-25, from East European [...]

By | 2017-08-03T15:30:33+00:00 July 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

CQC warns mental health sector is ‘at a crossroads’

some services are responding positively to unprecedented challenges but others must move away from out-dated care that leaves people ‘helpless and powerless’ The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (20th July 2017) publishes the findings of its comprehensive inspection programme of all specialist mental health services, giving the most complete picture ever of the quality of mental [...]

By | 2017-08-02T13:23:49+00:00 July 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments