Kings Fund publishes alternative guide to the NHS

Health policy charity the King's Fund has published an animated guide to how the NHS in England works. It describes the current set up and relationships between patients, doctors, hospitals, clinical commissioning groups, NHS England, the Department of Health and other bodies that operate in the NHS. The animated guide is available on the [...]

By | 2018-03-15T14:54:19+00:00 October 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

National Poetry Day – Stub!

To celebrate National Poetry Day we would like to share with you a poem called Stub! written by our Advocate Fergus Cameron: It’s not the first thing you say to yourself Reviewing all aspects of improving your health Your heart and your lungs Your rising blood pressure Your kidneys your liver Your BMI measure   [...]

By | 2018-03-15T14:54:09+00:00 September 28th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Eye Services: A Call for Feedback

Wessex Local Eye Health Network is carrying out an eye health needs assessment for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. They are particularly interested in how local patients and users of eye health services have found the experience. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Eye Services Flyer Sept 2017   [...]

By | 2017-09-28T13:27:49+00:00 September 26th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch at Fratton Family Festival

Healthwatch Portsmouth were in action at the Fratton Family Festival on Sunday. We spoke with 55 people and received feedback from 50 people on health and social care services in Portsmouth.  We had three surveys available for visitors to the stall to provide feedback on; maternity services, personal health budgets, and, differing ways of accessing [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:30:39+00:00 September 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

General Practice delivering improvement and innovation, despite facing “very real” pressures

The most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England has found that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates. With GPs facing ongoing pressures around capacity, patient demand and workload and at a time of [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:14:13+00:00 September 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

CQC publishes Queen Alexandra Hospital report

We have seen the media coverage this morning on the Care Quality Commission’s report on the Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital, Portsmouth We are pleased to report that Healthwatch Portsmouth will be involved in a health summit in early September along with other key parties involved in improving health in the local area. The meeting [...]

By | 2018-03-28T10:59:37+00:00 August 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mental Health Patient Support Survey

We currently have a student from the University of Portsmouth on placement with us conducting a community research project to find out about current patient experience with social and health care services and to learn about issues faced with the service that are received. If you or someone you know are living in Portsmouth, are currently [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:53:25+00:00 August 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

“Small change – big difference” – Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Patient Experience Charity

Message from Sarah Balchin. Head of Patient Experience QA Hospital: "Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Patient Experience Charity has been launched! We work closely with patients, families, carers and members of our local community to understand what really matters most to them and aim to support developments which make a positive difference. This includes fundraising [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:54:28+00:00 August 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

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 | 2017-09-21T10:55:21+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